With a little bit of planning and planting this time of year can be quite fruitful. It takes time and my back aches for a short while BUT today I collected 643 walnuts; 73 feijoas; grapes that we have made into juice; and best of all some free mushrooms growing in the paddock. The secret there is saving the mushroom stalks and skins when they are prepared then taking them and scattering them where you wish them to grow ( even on your lawn ) - they are covered in spores- especially off the mature ones and hey presto, with a little shower of rain ( or watering ) mushrooms for free. We did plant the walnut trees; the grape vine and the feijoas bushes ; but the mushrooms, no, just a little scattering.
White Niagara grapes are better for us as juice than as jelly or jam.
Quilting is a wonderful hobby for me. I love the beautiful fabric and colours - my artistic side comes alive.
I have lived in Te Puna near Tauranga since 1978, where my husband ( R ) and I own a small orchard where we grow Kiwifruit and Avocados for export. We have a large garden and grow many other fruit, nuts and vegetables. When I was young I was a teacher and particularly liked teaching art. I have also worked in the Kiwifruit Industry in Quality Control and Auditing. I love to create and am currently passionate about patchwork and quilting. I sew by hand and using my Bernina Aurora 440 machine.
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