Growing seed for harvest 2: Beans, corn and tomatoes
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Growing seed for harvest 2: Beans, corn and tomatoes

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2005 Section: Farming and Horticulture Author: Annie Wilson and Colin Walker In the second of our series, Colin Walker of the Koanga Institute talks to Annie Wilson about saving heritage seed. Now is the time to be organising the planting of the main summer crops. Here we will discuss saving the…

Growing seed for harvest 1: Introduction & Lettuce
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Growing seed for harvest 1: Introduction & Lettuce

Organic NZ Magazine: July/August 2005 Section: Farming and Horticulture Author: Annie Wilson and Colin Walker In the first of a new series, Colin Walker of the Koanga Institute talks to Annie Wilson about saving heritage seed. Koanga has received such a multitude of New Zealand’s heritage seeds over the last twenty years from gardeners around…

Organic Asparagus: Yield way above conventional
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Organic Asparagus: Yield way above conventional

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2005 Author: Annie Wilson On the much lauded Heritage Farms, just out of Cambridge, manager Richard Prew has had a surprisingly large and successful crop of asparagus. It was enough to draw commercial grower Annie Wilson to check things out. The Waikato is the main asparagus growing area in the North…

Role and importance of nitrogen in your soil
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Role and importance of nitrogen in your soil

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2004 Author: Holger Kahl Nitrogen is an important building block of proteins, nucleic acids and other cellular constituents which are essential for all forms of life. Nitrogen is such an important key nutrient element for plants that it warrants careful management, and – if mismanaged – can lead to severe environmental…

Growing Organic Tomatoes
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Growing Organic Tomatoes

Organic NZ Magazine: November/December 2001 Author: Denise Mark Denise Mark describes exactly how to grow delicious, organic ‘Love Apples’. Is conventionally grown to your taste? Imagine a conventionally grown tomato, bred for long shelf life, growing in a plastic bag full of sawdust. Imagine the plant being fed an unrelenting cocktail of calcium, ammonium and…

Growing Medicinal Herbs: Echinacea Explosion
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Growing Medicinal Herbs: Echinacea Explosion

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2000 Author: Paul Smith Medicinal herbs are one of the largest growth areas for health product retailers. But some of them may be grown on contaminated soils, as Paul Smith explains. While Soil & Health readers, and much of the general public, know that conventionally grown fruit and vegetables contain varying…