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Hi.
I live in the South Waikato New Zealand.
I have been working on growing my own fruit, herbs and vegies for a number of years and this year an hoping to add some native edible mushrooms to the mix.
I got my first bee hive as a news years present for myself in 2017 and managed to keep it alive by the skin of out teeth. Last month, it needed to be split so now I have 2 and looking at the original, I'm wondering if I need to split it again cos Its still so big.

My main goal is to get a healthy eco system in place that not just feeds me but as many other lifeforms as I can do.
I also decided that if it wasnt a fruit, herb, vegetable or beneficial insect plant, then it had to be a native and have been slowly cycling out things that just dont fit.
My fruit loving dog, Jack, is old enough now that I think I might be able to add chickens this year as well and to be honest, I am looking forward to finding a local farmer who will let me buy fresh from the farm milk so I can start making cheese and yogurt again.
 

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Hi.
I live in the South Waikato New Zealand.
I have been working on growing my own fruit, herbs and vegies for a number of years and this year an hoping to add some native edible mushrooms to the mix.
I got my first bee hive as a news years present for myself in 2017 and managed to keep it alive by the skin of out teeth. Last month, it needed to be split so now I have 2 and looking at the original, I'm wondering if I need to split it again cos Its still so big.

My main goal is to get a healthy eco system in place that not just feeds me but as many other lifeforms as I can do.
I also decided that if it wasnt a fruit, herb, vegetable or beneficial insect plant, then it had to be a native and have been slowly cycling out things that just dont fit.
My fruit loving dog, Jack, is old enough now that I think I might be able to add chickens this year as well and to be honest, I am looking forward to finding a local farmer who will let me buy fresh from the farm milk so I can start making cheese and yogurt again.
welcome! i'm glad you joined us here. :)
 

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Welcome! My son has been to Vanuatu! I loved hearing his stories about his experience while there. If I could travel any where in the world, it would be to visit NZ or Australia. I'm in central Maine, Growing zone 4B. Ground frozen Nov through mid April. So... we're quite opposite from you in both weather and location!
 

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Welcome! My son has been to Vanuatu! I loved hearing his stories about his experience while there. If I could travel any where in the world, it would be to visit NZ or Australia. I'm in central Maine, Growing zone 4B. Ground frozen Nov through mid April. So... we're quite opposite from you in both weather and location!
Yep! I just cannot understand why anyone would want to live somewhere where the ground freezes...for almost half the year (!!?)....brrrrrr my winters are never that cold but even my dog agrees with me when its time to light my fire.
I get confused with the different growing zones. I'll have to have another look at what our average highs and lows are.
 

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it varies to how long it is frozen, but i do like having all four distinct seasons. the past 10yrs or so it seems like we don't have much of fall or spring but more of summer and winter. the transitions seem more intense and shortened.
 

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Welcome from Texas. it gets hot here in summer! We live in East Texas, heavy forest land, open pastures, cattle and agriculture. It's fun to have members from around the world!
 

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