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8 years 9 months ago #36082 by farmer.bro
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Kia ora koutou!

I've been a frequent visitor to this forum for a few years now but now that I've finally moved back to the mighty Waikato from Wellington I decided I'd sign up. My new home is in Te Pahu a short drive west of Hamilton and I really love it here. I'm only renting at the moment but I have a great relationship with the owners. I have a free reign of the land that I am on and I also have access to other areas of the farm that are no longer in use.

I was thinking of starting with a decent vegetable garden and a few chickens and see how things progress from there. I'm certainly loving that I have more than just a 4mx4m courtyard these days :D

I'll probably ask a lot of questions as it's been over 25 years since I've lived rurally and I'll try and throw my 10 cents worth in now and then too.

Aku mihi nui!

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8 years 9 months ago #471713 by Deanna
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Welcome and enjoy, I sure do. Nought better than some land is there. Just keep those chooks out of the garden. And cheers to you too.

25 acres, 1400 Blue Gums, Wiltshire sheep, 5 steers, 2 cows, ducks, chickens, bees, dog, cats, retired, 1 husband and 3 grandkids.

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8 years 9 months ago #471716 by farmer.bro
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Thanks Deanna, you look like you have just a few chickens yourself?

Just off topic, can anyone tell me how to edit my avatar/profile picture? When I go to "Edit Avatar" if doesn't give me any options apart from "Do not use an Avatar" :(

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8 years 9 months ago #471717 by farmer.bro
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It also appears that all of my posts are moderated *pout*

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8 years 9 months ago #471723 by farmer.bro
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It also appears that all of my posts are moderated *pout*

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8 years 9 months ago #471730 by kate
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Please don't pout :) All new members have their posts moderated until they've had a couple of posts approved. It's the only way to stop the forums being flooded with spam and pornography [B)][B)]

Welcome!

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8 years 9 months ago #471735 by farmer.bro
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Kate;474430 wrote: Please don't pout :) All new members have their posts moderated until they've had a couple of posts approved. It's the only way to stop the forums being flooded with spam and pornography [B)][B)]

Welcome!

Thanks, and thanks for letting me know, I completely understand.

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8 years 9 months ago #471751 by Ruth
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Tēnā koe, welcome to the forum.

Most of the rest of us are not moderate at all. I hope you enjoy yourself in here and in your new venture!

(If this thing won't do macrons, know that I tried! [;)])

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8 years 9 months ago #471758 by LongRidge
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Welcome. You have to be slightly, or even more, mad to throw money down the big, black Life Sentence Block hole. Oh yes ... if you ever feel like an ass, we have 17 of the little darlings that need a good home.

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8 years 9 months ago #471780 by farmer.bro
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Ruth;474453 wrote: (If this thing won't do macrons, know that I tried! [;)])

Ka pai koe! It's rather strange, most things cope with macrons these days, but I'm glad you tried :D [;)] :D

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8 years 9 months ago #471786 by Deanna
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I feel very moderate today ; )

Yes farmer bro, 46 now, I'm giving up counting now, started in Jan with 12 : O

25 acres, 1400 Blue Gums, Wiltshire sheep, 5 steers, 2 cows, ducks, chickens, bees, dog, cats, retired, 1 husband and 3 grandkids.

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8 years 9 months ago #471824 by Del
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Tena koe! Members here are great, awesomely helpful :D we've been doing the chooks and garden thing since Jan - learnt heaps and love it. It's very satisfying to look after the animals and land and have it feed you

Oh, and Ruth, interestingly, the macrons show when replying in a thread, ie, as I scroll through now, they're there :confused:

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8 years 9 months ago #471892 by tonybaker
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Welcome Farmer Bro!

best way to make a vege garden is a raised bed, don't bother with wooden sides, just dig deeply 1.2 metres wide bed and however long you want it.

Make half metre paths on each side by digging and throwing the soil onto the bed. Fill paths with sawdust or whatever. If you can cover the beds with Microclima cloth that will keep out birds, chickens, and a bit of frost.

As far as chickens go, it is easier and safer to take the food to them, ie.. all weeds and kitchen scraps. If you let them free range, you will have poop on your doorstep as they love company. Believe me, a little chicken shit goes a long way!!!

Finally, whatever you do stay well away from registering for GST, however tempting it may sound at first.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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8 years 8 months ago #471919 by RichardW
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Welcome from me too Farmer Bro!

tonybaker you sound like you garden like i do but just minus Microclima cloth

Running superfine Merino's for 15 years drench free and seed grower, sold through www.sentinelsgroup.co.nz/


Inventor of Watson multishears www.watsonmultishears.co.nz

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8 years 8 months ago #472437 by terralee
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Welcome Farmer Bro :D...hmmmmm we're nearly neighbours:eek: ...lots of knowledge in here [}:)] it is a great family :D .....can't beat rural living ah[^]

Ummmmmmmmmmmmm what's a macron:confused::confused::confused: ...I was thinking some sort of biscuit[:I]:eek::o[:o)]

Cheers

Leonie & Zoo!!! :silly: :woohoo:

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