hi jo iv just dropped in to update my blog because mums popped over 4 the nite,tanes been quite sick and the doc thinks its swineflu,so hes unable to attend daycare 4 a week,im also sick to!sucks to get behind but these things happen ae,hopefully see u mon!ta
mon-had our first lession on soils with Roger,The nuitrients and liquids that are held in soils are what plants eat,so is obvisally has to be a big part of our knowledge in this field!learnt alot about what nutrients comes from where eg:rocks hold lots of minerals inside them!learnt about soil layers and ages,went on fieldtrip!
tues-weeds with Roger,a weed is a plant that it is were its not wanted!learnt some interesting facts like some plants are nitrogen fixing
wed-caught up on a bit off study,had progress revue-& Alex reconds im pretty much upto date!so goodgood-for lunch we had a beautiful bbq to welcome all the new students
thurs-grape prunning at the block with a very knowledgable man called Uuen somthing,& learnt pretty much how to prune grapevines perfectly
fri-absent due to flu
had a great holidays,caught up with family,went 2 dunedin 4 a week and did some fishing and just hung near the sea,was so good to be in some warmer weather away from fog! 😉
mon-had dentist in morning!ouch!to my mouth & the bank!~
then headed down to the block & learnt how to prune grape vines back leaving two sprigs which you twist round the wire for next years growth,best to choose sprigs that are either side of the vine base thet are closest to wires twisting vines round wires provents wind damage
tues-Organic certification organically you have to be very careful about what you put on organic crops,best to check with certifiers before u add any substance or something your not sure about to your crop,as if you put something thats not completely natural on you mite have to start your certification from scratch & it takes 3 years to get certified again,also things are getting banned all the time,so you dont get caught out you can check up on websites such as summerfruit nz or nz foodsafty websites
wed-missed out on fieldtrip to qt so worked on my p&d assignment all day
thurs-in propergation today we broke off lilly bolblets & put them in vermiculite to develop into bulbs,also planted last years students bulbs into gardens around the polytec,they should produce flowers around x-mas.jo had planted some Galtonia candicans from seed so we potted them up in 10cm pots
mon-absent due to tane
tues-Organic certification,covered rules & regulations & ways of the certifiers certenz,Demeter,Bio-gro,for instance Deneter uses biodynamic methods,they have very different methods & beliefs which many people find strange,Waynes viewed many of the orchards & said there all very healthy orchards which produce amazing fruits,so its al in the evidence ae!
wed-today in propagation we potted up deciduous hardwood cuttings such as: Ribes`magnus’ blackcurrant- fig `Lesa’ – Parthenocissus quinquefolia & semi hardwoods-Heliohebe hulkeana- Hebe cupressoiae`nana’
in the arvo we used a flat grey 20ml stonechip mulch to cover around the plants in some of the native gardens at tek here(crushal to claer around the stems/trunks to allow watering and avoid p&d.This mulch comes from Gibston quary ,Near Wanaka theres another quary the has a more browny stonechip,located @ the crawford hills quary,These chips are very heavy to work with & also very expensive but the pros defently weigh it up as it generly doesnt host pests &diseases,birds cant move it round when their looking for worms as its to heavy,weather wont move it,and it looks great!
fri-In morning we went through some slides,also covered some rose pruneing on them,Pruned peach trees,getting quicker & better at it the more we do it,was very very frosty & foggy in morning but cleared to be a nice day.
mon-was absent due to moving house
tues-wayne took us for our last block on growsafe,wayne is really into the safty and wellbeing in and on working invironments,its really good to have a head start and be aware of how accidents can happen in the horticulture enviroment,also learnt lots about chemicals,what ther used for and the affects they can have!
Wed-completed my growsafe assignment!
thurs-propergation/afternoon i did my blog
fri-pruning fruit trees at bannockburn rd
wow were really getting some hard frosts now!this week We did our first block on growsafe,some propergation,and pruning at bannockburn block,theres definatley more to pruning than i thought,and its a pretty easy goin task if you do it correctley,always nice to be working outdoors!