Week 5

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Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday undertaking Growsafe accreditation. I found it all very interesting. I have begun to put formulas together in the Viticulture Diary I am (slowly) developing. It is being written in Filemaker Pro. I will keep adding formulas and processes to the database over the coming months. There is a lot of value lists to create. I could if I had time develop a fully relational database but that would be a bigger task than is required and it is a format/product that is probably in the market place already. By doing this development it really helps in my retention of learning!!….

Assembling and checking the operation of a knapsack sprayer


The results of my test spray coverage; bottom yellow/blue is the best coverage given spray width (out of nozzle and walking pace)    SAM_2834

First run of the test (water only) spray to adjust calibration of speed


First test run showing to heavy a spray; speed adjustment necessary.


Spray covering one side of the tree; achieved a good calibration after speed adjustment


My database Viticulture and Spray Diary I am working on in Filemaker Pro.

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Growsafe A.

Growsafe B.

Growsafe C.

Growsafe D.


Chemical Diary





Thursday Propagation at the Nursery Complex


IMG_0746              Work sheets in my Propagation book. The book is a record to be kept over the year of my work in the Nursery.

IMG_0743 The White Petunia seed capsules

   IMG_0744 The capsules bedded down and covered with a layer of vermiculite


“A bulb stores its complete life cycle in its underground structure.

There are five main parts. The basal plate grows the roots, the scales store the nutrients, a papery tunic protects the scales and there is a flower embryo and lateral buds that allow the plant to reproduce.

The lateral buds start growing at the base of the bulb and develop around what is known as the mother plant. As they mature they are usually called bulblets and when large enough they can be removed from the mother planted out to multiply the parent plant. This is called vegetative reproduction with the offspring being identical to the parent. Two bulblets can be seen in this photograph.

A bulb stores all the nutrients it needs for the next seasons growth. This fact means that bulbs such as hyacinths and daffodils can be grown sitting on top of a container of water and produce an attractive indoor flower after a few weeks.

If however the container grown bulb is to be kept for the next season it will need to be planted out into some soil so that its roots can gather moisture and nutrients to replenish what was used in producing the flower.

One of the most widely grown bulbs in the world is the onion. Like other bulbs it too is a unique food store with the potential to produce other onions. However most onions don’t get a chance to reproduce. We eat them and enjoy the stored nutrients.”

– The Southland Times








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