Waikato Branch Annual Tree and Plant Sale is on Saturday 2nd July.
Waikato and Thames-Coromandel Branch
Waikato Branch is holding it’s 40th birthday celebrations on Saturday 25 June 2016.
Martin’s Truffiere, Rotorua, Field Day
Sunday, October 11th 2015, 11am
Glenroy Place, RD4, Rotorua 3074.
Martin’s truffiere, overlooks Lake Rotorua. Martin is a very knowledgeable scientist and says he will teach us all he knows about growing truffles, although he does point out that he has not had much success with his 45 trees. Martin also leads a farmer group to manage various Rotorua lakes and will tell us what the farmer groups are doing to mitigate nutrient movement to the various Rotorua lakes.
More details to follow.
Public Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
Friday 4 September 2015
Venue: St Francis Community Church, Hamilton
Cost: $10 members, $20 non-members
What YOU NEED TO BRING:
Stanley craft knife and secateurs…
Contact Beryl le Grove…
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Our 2015 pruning demo on Saturday 1st August will be held at the Rhode Street School.
Alastair from Rhode School is our host and Brent is our willing instructor again.
It will be an opportunity to see what Alastair has been doing with promoting the branch vision of encouraging the planting of fruit trees in schools.
We will start off with a tour of the school trees by Alastair.
9 am – 12 midday
Annual Tree Crops Sale
Sale starts 9am at the Camellia Car park in the Hamilton Gardens.
Gate 2 off Cobham Drive, and then left.
Enter Gate 2 from Cobham Drive. A short distance down, on the left, is the entrance to a large sealed area, with room for buyers and sellers to park.
Everyone welcome: Gardeners, lifestyle and small block holders, farmers, nurseries. You can buy, sell, look, talk trees, gardens and ask questions.
The Waikato Branch of NZTCA will have a stall including heritage and unusual varieties of fruit and nut trees as well as staples for the home garden. There will be a good range of public stalls selling tree crops and plants, ornamentals, farm trees and natives, perennials, growing-on lines and produce.
Tree Crops Fundraising (Fun Raising) for Trees in Schools
This year we are holding a Green Elephant stall and contributions will be gratefully accepted. Old garden books, cook books, useable old tools, plants, produce, etc. One person’s throwaway is another person’s treasurer.
Set up and sell from your car-boot, trailer, ute or pavement. There are no pre-allocated sites. This is a great way to sell any trees, seedlings, herbs, garden plants, gardening-related equipment or any excess produce. Sellers should be in place by 8.30 am.
Commission on Sales:
There are no site charges but a 10% commission on all sales is payable by sellers on the day. This money will be used for NZTCA projects in the Waikato Branch area.
There will be no commission on sales charged to children of members who wish to sell for pocket money.
If you are able to volunteer in any way, please do contact a committee member.
We would appreciate if sellers could let us know they are coming, if they have not already told us. Contact
Beryl le Grove (Secretary of Waikato Branch) Ph: 07 829 3272 OR mobile 027 695
Aspenleigh visit and Pot Luck
Saturday 6 June 10AM
Han & Jane, Aspenleigh Road, Matangi, Hamilton
Garden is 7 yrs old, about 2000 trees planted, fruit & nuts, shelter, privacy and firewood. Large vege garden, solar power.
This is from Han:
“Our property is about 1 ha in size and is best classified as a large urban garden. We have planted trees and shrubs for privacy, our pleasure and to produce sufficient trees and nuts for our own consumption and also to give to friends and family.
We moved onto the property in March 2007 and there was not a single tree on the property, it was a paddock being grazed by cows. We started planting out predominantly native trees in one corner of the property to form a little grove with a walking track through it. Preventing the grass from swamping the young trees was a major job for the first 3-4 years. At the start we also planted our fruit and nut trees, approximately 70-80 of them (standard trees like apples, pears, plums, lemon, orange, mandarin, peach, nectarine, persimmon, olives, hazelnuts, walnut, pinenuts, feijoas etc). The fruit and nut trees are fenced and part of the run for approximately 30 chickens. We also have a couple of bee hives and the honey is in pretty high demand, maybe because we have a fair number of Manuka shrubs. The biggest problem is cracking nuts, the almond tree produces a couple of thousand nuts as do the pine nut trees and we need a mechanical cracker to get the kernels out.
About 6 years ago we planted around 20 Eucalyptus trees for firewood, they are the coppicing kind and should provide us with firewood in perpetuity from next year on. About 5 years ago we have planted a few Pine trees also for firewood, have since expanded the area in trees and shrubs and last Spring we planted Pecan trees. We still have some areas where we can plant additional trees. In the past 8 years we have planted approximately 2,000 trees and shrubs, not all of them have survived but there are plenty that have. Apart from trees and shrubs we have an extensive vegetable garden, providing us with most vegetables we need for the year, we preserve our Summer excess, juice the excess apples and freeze it for use during the rest of the year. We also have 40-50 berry fruit shrubs, Field mushrooms grow aplenty during March and early April, especially after a dry Summer.
The whole garden was set up with the aim of being almost completely self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables all year round by the time retirement comes around (hopefully no more than 9 years away). The aim is to by then live ‘The Good Life’, inspired by the 1970s TV show.
We have also installed photo voltaic panels on the roof and they reduce our power requirement from the grid considerably. There is also a two bedroom cottage on the land which we are preparing to rent out as a bed and breakfast option (we haven’t gotten our head around it yet).”
Could all attendees bring their nut crackers to this field day. One of the focus is to crack nuts and we will have a discussion on the merits of various crackers. We will also be having a branch pot luck on this day.
3-7 Fraser Street, Paeroa
Saturday 9 May at 11AM
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AgriSea will give us lunch, after talk and tour, then we head to Te Aroha.
206 Whitaker Street
Te Aroha at 3PM
Steve has plants that are unusual and we are visiting after hours, so no public. Steve will give us a talk, then we can have a look around.
Wayne Bennett’s place
Saturday, 18 April, 10am
Hakirimata Road, Ngaruawahia
Wayne Bennett, from Forest Flora is very happy for us to come and visit. We can have a cuppa, then he will talk, then we will tour his 2 acre place and it would take about 2 hours, depending on interaction and interest.
His nursery is down the road, so we could visit there also, afterwards. He is quite low in stock but will see what is available closer to the time.
Wayne is one enthusiastic man, and very passionate about natives.
We are going to be promoting the Waikato Branch of NZTCA at the Waikato Show (in the EnviroExpo stadium) 10-12 April.
We need volunteers to man our stall. Any member who enjoys talking to others about their NZTCA experience would be appreciated. Volunteers are not expected to be a fruit tree expert, but rather be able to share their experiences and so encourage others to grow productive trees and join NZTCA.
Volunteers will be given free passes into the show and rostered into half-day shifts (10am-2pm and 1:30pm -5pm) over the three days. Two people per shift.
This should allow everyone half a day to see the rest of the show.
So we need twelve volunteers – can you help?
If so, please contact Sheryn.
Come along to the show and see us anyway.
If you have anything you would like to contribute to the stand (some interesting fruits you may like to share/display for example, or Chestnut brownies for the stall holders!) bring it in.