Dismantling a surbuban homestead

The time has come — I need to restore this patch of paradise in Titirangi to the way it was when I moved in way back in 2010. That seems like a lifetime ago!

Back then it was a blank canvas of flat, sunny grass, which took SUCH a long time to mow each week. Flat & sunny is somewhat incongruous with Titirangi, and this quality alone will make the section very appealing to developers.

If you’d like to help dismantle these garden beds, please get in touch by email at katrina@blueborage.co.nz — there will be chances to purchase plants, soil, or just help out.

I’m SO hopeful that someone somewhere will see this blog post and get in touch with an offer to purchase the whole lot for relocation — and also offer the labour to do the work. Please share this post far and wide if you know of a corporate looking to set up an urban farm in Auckland, or a restaurant looking to start growing their own food in Auckland. Who knows, I might even be able to offer them advice on creating a magical biodynamic growing space.

There are also a few odd items needing new homes, including about 1,000 bricks from a house that was demolished, and many of the logs from trees that fell in the last decade and were too cumbersome to use for firewood. These logs are now perfect for hugelkultur, but I can’t take them all with me.

Here’s a list of the 40 garden beds. I’ll update this list as items are sold and re-homed:

Bed 1: Mature box hedge plants

Bed 2: Clivias

Bed 3 & 4: Mondo grass

Bed 5: Banana trees

Bed 6: Canna lilies (red), Hydrangeas

Bed 7: Lavender, Perennials

Bed 8: Bay tree (11 years old), Rosemary (11 years old), Blueberry

Bed 9: Salad burnet

Bed 10: Rosemary, Garlic chives

Bed 13: A few different types of mint

Bed 14: Rosemary

Bed 15: Society garlic

Bed 16: Lavender, Parsley (flat leafed & curly)

Bed 18: Honeywort, Borage

Beds 19–25: various

Bed 30: Stinging nettle, Plum, Perennials

Beds 31–34: various

Bed 35: Yellow daisies

Bed 36: Hollyhocks

Bed 37–40: Various

Everywhere: borage, calendula, parsley, lemon balm, nasturtiums of many colours and a wide range of other cottage garden delights.

Is there something here that you’d love to get? Please get in touch by email at katrina@blueborage.co.nz or send a DM on Instagram.

I’ve also set up a calendar for 20 minute meetings. Book a slot here: https://calendly.com/blueborage/shopping-at-the-blue-borage-home-garden

Ideas for innovative edible gardening solutions using biodynamic methods to make ‘soil with soul’ is what New Zealand needs right now. For tips, advice and online courses go to www.blueborage.co.nz or get in touch by email at katrina@blueborage.co.nz

Compost Coach based in Titirangi, West Auckland, New Zealand. Using biodynamics to help home gardeners make top quality soil. https://www.blueborage.co.nz/

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