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From the farm to Dubai

Hello Down at the farm,   We were extremely pleased to discover your manuka smoked salt, we use it in most of our cooking particularly on bbq’s here in Dubai. The last time we came to Mangawhai we also purchased the manuka smoked chili salt which is equally as good. I’ve tasted nothing like this in my travels and feel it is unique to New Zealand given the manuka smoked flavor. Many folk here is Dubai ask about it so we’ll have to bring some back on out next visit to New Zealand   Coupled with this your chutneys from the Get Pickled range are very good, we have tried the Feijoa chutney, Apple and Onion marmalata. They are consumed...

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Does anyone know what they 'innoculate' garlic with....

 Here we are with our garlic crop planted.  Those cloves started sprouting green shoots about a month ago saying 'plant me'... so we have.  That is normal for garlic...so imagine my horror when I learnt that commercial garlic growers in New Zealand innoculate garlic bulbs to stop them reproducing !! What do they innoculate them with ?  Does anyone know ?  I would love to find out...so please if you know send us a message. cheers to all Fresh garlic will be out of the ground pre Christmas !! all going well, which of course there is no guarantee when farming it could all get wiped out in flood !!!  but we certainly hope not...

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The grass is growing

 Having been away on holiday for a week we have come back to see a huge burst of new growth in the grass and generally everywhere! It's always a relief to see the change - you know the animals will be getting plenty to eat and its always exciting to see the buds on the fruit trees... Will be on board later this week with some updates and video on the garlic patch....

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Mud glorious mud

 It's hard to stay focused when all around you is endless wet soggy ground and mud.  The chickens are knee deep in it (if they had knees) the lambs are foot sore and so are their mums, but the garlic is growing regardless as the ground is luckily very free draining...  so their is always a bright side to everything. Next blog will be pics of the garlic and how we went about it.....just has to stop raining long enough for us to photograph it...mud glorious mud....

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It's April, and things need doing...

  monday morning,and the day dawned with a light fog,promising a great day whitch is good because,as always, the list of things to do is long.I have altered the smokehouse to provide for better flow and greater capacity and after writing this,i"ll fire it up and start smoking another batch of that damn fine garlic salt. there's a lot of planting to do,garden beds to prepare, and all the other stuff that gos with living on a small farm

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