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6 years 2 months ago #520817 by jojokiwi
Hi everyone

We have just purchased a 4ha paddock in North Canterbury - and have big dreams but next to zero relevant experience/knowledge ;-)

Look forward to browsing LSB and figuring out how on earth we are going to do this "lifestyle block" thing.

Have so many questions - and SO much to learn

Look forward to meeting y'all

Jo

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6 years 2 months ago #520828 by Trace
Replied by Trace on topic Hi from North Canterbury
Welcome Jo. There are plenty of us on here from your neck of the woods, it's a great place to live.

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6 years 2 months ago #520829 by FrozenThunderbolt
Hi Jojo,

Welcome to the forum - its a wealth of knowledge :-)

4.79HA of volcanic soil (1/3 hill to be planted in deciduous forest someday), brewing, orcharding, gardening, blacksmithing, 2 Dexters, chooks and ducks to come + a bit of everything else.

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6 years 2 months ago #520843 by RichardW
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Hi Jo and welcome from another north of the waimak

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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6 years 2 months ago #520880 by LongRidge
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Make yourselves known to the neighbours. I like them to introduce their dogs, and me introduce mine, so that I can tell them to shoot my dogs if they cause a stray nuisance, and I will do the same to theirs. Find out what they have managed to do, and ask why they haven't tried growing whatever. You may find out that those whatevers are on their "never again" list for very good reasons. Eg horses and sheep are a very bad combination, and horses supposedly hate pigs (but Miss Piggy the wild piglet thought that the 4 legged black shape in the orchard was her mother, and Shadow the mini horse thought the pig was great fun :) ).
I find my long term rainfall records are very useful, and might have avoided overstocking if I had been given access to local readings.
Pasture fertility and species is important. Some animals are very prone to rye grass staggers.

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6 years 2 months ago #520926 by jojokiwi
Replied by jojokiwi on topic Hi from North Canterbury
Thanks for the tips - we have so much to learn :blink:

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6 years 2 months ago #521022 by Fairlight
Replied by Fairlight on topic Hi from North Canterbury
If you want to travel in to Darfield, on the last Thursday of every month the Two Rivers Community Trust holds a "nourish" event at Darfield Baptist Church. They do a different topic each month on propagating, pruning, preserving etc. Great place to learn skills for free and connect with other like minded people. A lot of them have heirloom trees that grow well in the area they don't mind giving you cuttings from etc too. A really great supportive little community :)
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6 years 2 months ago #521149 by jojokiwi
Replied by jojokiwi on topic Hi from North Canterbury
Thanks for that - what a neat community group :-)

Will tuck that one away - thank you!

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6 years 2 months ago #521181 by Olivia
Replied by Olivia on topic Hi from North Canterbury
Welcome, Jo!

Many moons ago, I also lived in Nth Canterbury and it was lovely. When we holiday there, it still feels like going home :)

Proud Farmer of a little family, little lifestyle block and a little house in the township.

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