Hei Mahi Māra


Hei Mahi Māra
Summer Sweet Stevia

One of the treats from last year’s māra growing season was my first attempt at growing Stevia as a low-calorie sugar substitute to sweeten up some of my food. Being diagnosed with a large cancer tumour in my pancreas in 2012, it was expected that if I survived for any length of time then one of the side effect symptoms would be diabetes.

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Herbs for good health

For this article I thought it would be a good idea to focus on herbs that are incredibly beneficial for your health. What follows is a list of my favourite herbs, ideas on how to grow them, and their potential beneficial health properties. I am a recent convert to herbs after years of having a very restricted plain diet. However, as I am not dying of cancer this means that I can eat a much broader range of foods than I have been able to since being diagnosed with terminal cancer in July 2012 .

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Biologically intensive gardening

During Waitangi weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a two-day workshop in Christchurch entitled the “Six Figure Farming NZ Tour”. Two Canadian micro-market gardeners shared their stories and skills on how to successfully run two very different yet very profitable small-scale organic vegetable growing operations. The term “Six Figure Farming” comes from their realisation that it’s possible to make more than $100,000 per acre in gross income with a general profit margin of around 40–60%.

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Recovery on track

Five years after the first big Canterbury earthquake of September 4 in 2010, I am still in recovery mode in the māra. Every time I think I have finally done the last piece of work around the place, something else in need of tidying up becomes obvious.

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Winter a time to recharge

Winter is providing a nice relief for us as we finally slow down after the hectic process of moving back into our new home.

Our new house is great but the section was devastated by the building process and we have had to carry out vigorous reorganisation and replanting. Fortunately, we remembered not to go overboard and plant a whole lot of trees and plants that will need constant pruning. Instead we focused on pongas and ferns to create a Poutini West Coast feel to the garden.

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The secret life of plants

A beginner’s guide to growing organic vegetables nā Tremane Barr Summer couldn’t come around soon enough for me this year as the warmth and new bloom of life helps me focus on the positive potential of the future. I can leave behind the nightmare years since September 2010 of earthquakes and EQC, insurance company, toxic…

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Toxic Spring

A beginner’s guide to growing organic vegetables nā Tremane Barr I believe all regional councils should come clean and tell the public what they do know about Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) properties in all regions, even if the information they have is imperfect. The news in May of this year that the soil…

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Toxic legacy

The winter storms have arrived earlier than expected this season of Matariki for me and my whānau. We have recently been informed that the soil on our property has been found to contain lead at levels well over the residential limit. The only reason we found out was because of the rebuild of our new home, where apparently some bright spark figured out they could be liable for the health and safety of the workers.

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