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Seeds and a Spade March 2015


convolvulousThis month on Seeds and a Spade Mary talked about weeds. Most weeds are really useful but there are five weeds couch grass, convolvulous, ivy, Old man's beard and oxalis that really want to take over your world. Check out weedbusters.org.nz

Most other weeds are great for mulching your garden. Watch A Place of Learning's facebook page for more information on great weeds over the next month.

Ivy wants to take over your world. Watch how ivy behaves in the red zone areas.Interview

Rachel Vogan the Garden Manager from Wai Ora Trust  was interviewed.. Phone 359 7407 for more information.


Okeover Community Garden has a  weekly working bee on Fridays 1-5pm. Okeover Community Garden is at Canterbury University Engineering Rd Ilam.

Food Resilience Network Hui

 Oxalis. Each bulb forms a new plant.On March 29th The Food Resilience Network will be hosting an amazing hui, and we'd love you all to be there! It's from 2-5pm at the WEA (59 Gloucester St). This will be an opportunity to meet Stefan  from (Miracle Farms, Ontario, Canada) and James Samuel (OOOBY, Waiheke Island) to learn  about urban food production and to premier parts of a film Stefan has recently made.

 At the same event FRN  will be discussing plans for a central hub in Christchurch for food resilience projects. We'll be hearing about what's already happening to make this a reality, and checking in on your views about all of this. AND, we will also be signing the Edible Canterbury Charter.... so we really hope you will be there to sign, and to join in the celebration.

New Brighton Gardens  are open Mon, Wed, Fri 10.00 to 4.00pm and Sat 10.00 to 2.00pm.

They are selling of seedlings ready for your winter planting at just $2.00.

Old man's beard is another plant that smothers everything.Grow Your Own Free Lunch.  This gardening and cooking course is on at Delta Community Gardens 105 North Avon Rd, Richmond . 9.30 – 12.30 Tuesdays beginning April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5.  In Grow Your Own Free Lunch we spend the first hour learning gardening skills and then we harvest from the garden and cook a shared lunch. We have a lot of fun. You are welcome to phone Delta Community House 389 0212 so that you can join us.

Or email mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz


At Lincoln Envirotown Community Gardens  in James St Introduction to Bonsai techniquesfrom 10.00 – 11.30 am on Saturday 28th March – Presented by Professor Tony Bywater Email ruth.wood@xtra.co.nz

Send your questions  for next month to mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz

Lincoln Biological Husbandry Unit, Lincoln

The next year-long course at The Biological Husbandry Unit at Lincoln begins on 17th August. This will be the eighth   intake for the college.  Students need no prior qualifications or experience to commence Year One and can study full or part-time.  Those who have some horticultural background can go straight into Year Two.

An added appeal of the course is that all fees are under $500, and full time students  are eligible to apply for a loan or allowance through Studylink. email bill@bhu.co.nz


Chickweed is a wonderful weed. It is tasty in salads.







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