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1 month 1 week ago #557387 by J and P in CHB
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Hi Kate,

do you know where I could buy some tagasaste seedlings?

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1 month 1 week ago #557388 by Hertz Donut
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Assuming "CHB" is Central Hawkes Bay, we've ordered ours from Bee Haven Gardens in Ongaonga. Can't speak for the quality yet as we haven't picked them up (ordered for late Spring) but they might be handy enough to you for a site visit.

Don't ask me, it was on its side when I got here.
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1 month 1 week ago #557396 by kate
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Hi Kate,

do you know where I could buy some tagasaste seedlings?

Up here I get them from a local company who specialise in native plants but they're not available year-round. Hertz Donut seems to be in the know for CHB :cheer:

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1 week 4 days ago - 1 week 4 days ago #557505 by RichardF
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Winter update...
Would have added some pictures but don't seem to be able to do that - more problems, sorry Kate!  Every other forum I have been on has been through this a number of times.  

So have had my first session cutting down gorse.  I used a slasher in the end, so there are numerous stumps poking up which I will go back and trim off when I have some more potent stuff to paint on them.  Whats everyone's current favourite potion????  I have cleared about 2000 sqm, it was probably one of the clearest parts, to be honest, nevertheless after a day of slashing, I was completely buggered.  Good to do it by hand to get an appreciation of the issues but definitely going to need to tool up for the future. I found the bushes look intimidating until the first few hacks with the slasher and then suddenly they don't seem so big.  I also tried using my electric chainsaw. The issue with that is that there is so much kikuyu at the base of the plants (they are bushes really, no single trunk) that it clogs the saw.  I maybe need to chop the tops off and let the stock chew the grass down or find some other way of exposing the stumps.  Then the chainsaw will be the go, very quick and easy.  The townie in me loves the look of the pasture without any gorse bushes on it, so now I'm champing at the bit to get stuck into the rest of it.  I've got a scrub cutter with a blade booked at a hire place for next weekend, if that works, Ill be buying the biggest one of those I can find, probably and Echo or a Stihl.

Next weekend some of the whanau are coming up to help plant the first 350 or so trees/seedlings.  I have a bunch of manuka seedlings I have grown myself (second lot are under way) but others (50/50 manuka and kanuka) are from a nearby nursery.   The whanau got to each pick a native tree and Ill get a few of each for them to plant as "their" tree.  So we will have some nikaus, puriris and more totaras as well.  I'm planting quite a few flax bushes too.   All very exciting. I guess Ill find out soon enough if I have a rabbit or possum problem.   The seedlings are all getting one of those fertiliser tablets and a big drink then they will be left to get on with it.  Hoping the Northland rain keeps up for a few months while they settle in.

Have established a good relationship with a neighbour who is grazing the property in exchange for answering all my daft questions and providing free advice.

Fencing hasn't progressed much but I should be able to progress that over winter.  Earthworks for a building platform are on  hold while my eco sourced contractor is busy else where.  It will happen one day.  When it is finally done I will be glad to get some form of lockable storage on site as carting everything up there and back in the car is getting old.  We won't mention the price of fuel, suffice to say my 400km round trip is now costing me twice as much.  @Kate I must've been past your place heaps of times by now, one day I must call  in and say hi properly.

Have had a better look in my little bit of bush in the corner and confirmed that it is mostly (99%) Totara which is unsurprising for Northland. Its all too small to be original so I guess its regrowth.  There's a solitary Rimu tree and a few Tanekaha.  Lots of Kanuka (soft needles, very tall).

Nearly all the other lots in the little rural subdivision have now sold, so I have neighbours already.  Lots of stuff happening all of a sudden, which is good I guess.

So all in all, things are going pretty well.  Must mean I'm due some form of catastrophe but Ill worry about that when it happens.  Ill add some pictures when I can get that working.

Cheers
Richard
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