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Garden Mid April 2017

A mate visited me this week who spends a lot of time overseas studying organic and traditional gardens in SE Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.
His new book -- which we launched this week -- has a picture of his son in law's family veg garden in Tanzania.
It blew me away. He says the tradition is like that in Tanzania and Kenya.
It was a jungle of different edible species rising up from the dirt. A mix that puts my efforts at poly culture in the shade.
Wall to wall of so many different plants.Close planted.
Corn,Okra, Squashes, Tomatoes, Taro, Yams, Rosella, Greens..so close that access would have been a challenge. Every bit of dirt was covered and growing stuff.
Bugs and weeds were dealt with by dint of the mix and coverage.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 27, 2017 at 13:36

Well the wind has kept me inside until now and I will also go out and check watering, I have some Whey left over from Cheese Making on the week end, so I best get it onto the plants. Your garden is looking great Dave, even with the onset of the cooler weather.

Comment by Dave Riley on April 27, 2017 at 13:29

I hobbled out to 'water' the garden today.

Set routine:

  • every two days
  • by hose

Squirt. Squirt.

My pot system works so long as you attend to nurturing of newly planted seedlings who have to find the pot water source...and you keep the mulch up.

That's my Summer lesson.(Shade of course).

It's a quick task, this hosing. The way I've accidentally laid out the garden pots is that I can even fill 3-5 pots from one standing position.

My only problem is that the shadecloth peg-ons are rotting and if a canine chases night time invaders they tend to put their footsies in the pots. Driving a few sticks around the pot perimeter limits this consequence but I'm working on a new lock down system that will incorporate trllising of sorts.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 25, 2017 at 15:20

Your garden is looking amazing as usual Dave. You certainly have learned how to turn ordinary sand into a productive earth able to produce a variety of wonderful edibles...

Comment by Dave Riley on April 16, 2017 at 1:13

Today I decided I wanted to allow more sunshine into the garden. So I stripped the leaves from the frangipanis and dropped them as mulch. Worked a treat.

It also happens that I'm drowning in katuk -- it has grown so well in the shaded areas and taken off.

TIP: grow katuk as a hedge or against a fence or tree, as the plant tends to fall over when not supported against the wind.

At the moment I'm harvesting Dog Bane and Canna Indica for mulch. Soon I'll chop down a few of my very robust passionfruit vines. I also cut back the yam stems for mulch as I open up the garden more to sunshine -- it being Autumn and all.

With the rain, my grass clippings supply line is very generous.

The next experiment is to see how the Canavalia (Beach Bean) performs as it has taken off.Another ground cover but also a good source of  mulch when hacked into.

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