Category Archives: Growing Vegetables

Nothing taste better than growing your own vegetables

Taro

Taro is also an important variety brought from Polynesia. It is said that it was left here by Kupe for his daughters on the WairarapaCoast. These crop are best planted in Mahuru in wet, boggy, light filtered soil. There are … Continue reading

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Taranaki Kuia takes out NZ Gardener Award

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Te Reka o te Kai – Kai Atua

Te Reka o te Kai- Kai Atua publication will be launch during the Hikoi ki te Motu tour in 12 regions starting 9th September in Kaikohe. This guide has been compiled by Te Waka Kai Ora to introduce whanau to … Continue reading

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māra kai heroes – paul kimura

Te Waka Kai ora had a wonderful hui at the Papatuanuku Marae and Māra at Māngere in June 2010 where Māori gardens are humming. This clip features some gardening tips from marae trustee and farmer Paul Kimura.

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healthy soil is vital

Keeping the soil really healthy is vitally important for growing healthy Kai. Planting Lupins and broad Beans are planted to fix the nitrogen in the soil. Organic principles are practised to keep soil healthy. Knowledge about the properties of plants is essential when … Continue reading

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companion planting

Do you use companion planting alot? As much as possible.  It just helps add some value to the garden visually, as well as different nutrients that come into the garden as well. With traditional Maori kai, do you companion plant … Continue reading

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mounding your vegetables

When you put your seed in, is the ground flat or do you mound? Depending on the seed.  In the winter time we tend to mound more in the winter time because the ground is quite wet, so it helps … Continue reading

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watering your vegetables

It may be that we usually water for the first week.  We tend not to do a lot of watering.  I think the plants then would create a dependency and they’d almost expect you to go out there and water … Continue reading

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he aha te momo kai ki roto e te māra?

What type of kai?  Primarily riwai, maori potatoes.  We’ve got about seven different varieties that we’re growing.  We have corn, beans, scarlet lima’s that I originally got from my mother, three different types of beans.  I’m talking about summer, what … Continue reading

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