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Anne Gibson's Blog – July 2011 Archive (3)

Nasturtiums - More than just a pretty face!

There are two types of nasturtium but the one I can never get enough of in our garden is Tropaeolum majus (also known as Indian Cress) not the Officinal that grows in water!

They're tasty additions to salads, great space fillers, pest controllers, attract beneficial pollinators, make cheerful cut flowers and are also a great medicinal plant.  But there are many more uses ...

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Added by Anne Gibson on July 24, 2011 at 7:15 — 5 Comments

Benefits of Vertical Gardens

After a post on the options for growing pumpkins in small spaces, I thought I'd share some of the benefits of growing your garden UP rather than just traditional use of space on the ground and in containers.  One example is the nifty recycled bag planters…

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Added by Anne Gibson on July 24, 2011 at 5:45 — 5 Comments

Winter Maintenance Tasks in our Garden

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been catching up on some much needed maintenance in various sections of our garden. We have been growing a lot of our edibles in containers while my husband built us a permanent raised garden bed which is now finished and ready for planting.  Prior to that we had an 18m long no-dig raised garden bed made out of hay bales which served us well for a year and also a 20m raised bed on the ground, which we've been resting whilst planting other areas.  It's now been…

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Added by Anne Gibson on July 15, 2011 at 11:40 — 16 Comments

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GrowVetiver

Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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