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April is always the best time outback. The transition is palpable and you get more opportunities to spend time relating to the dirt because  the days are no longer so darn hot.

I'm in the process of reducing my veg garden size -- that is the plots for annuals -- by engineering some efficiency changes via group and intense plantings. I'm also culling my plantings by staggering them more.

I have expanded the chook pen yet again, which now encompasses the Vetiver nursery. That's where we 'bring on' the slips after division while the chooks keep the weeds down.

Aside from the ever generous choko I don't suffer from surplus. We eat what we sew.

While there was a disappointing corn harvest, I am getting quality comestibles from my labours. Even, touch my nose, the garlic I planted in March has taken.

That's a first.

As an experiment I have planted tomato next to consolidated Vetiver clumps. (Moisturising the roots but not the leaves) Not only will the Vetiver sustain the toms  but I'm keen to ramble the tomato stems as they grow over the Vetiver for support.

What's Growing?

  • Dragon Fruit, Prickly Pear
  • Jalapeño Chilli
  • Choko, Tatume, Seminole
  • Winged Bean, Climbing Roma Bean
  • Daikon radish, China Rose radish, Watermelon radish.
  • Tommy Toe Tomatoes
  • Bok Choi, Mizuna, Wild Rocket
  • Water Spinach, Okinawan spinach, Longevity Spinach, Hibiscus, Chaya,Kai-Lan, Moringa
  • Chinese Celery, Garlic Chives
  • Coriander, Saw Tooth Coriander, Thyme, Rosemary, Curry leaf,Lemon Grass,Turmeric,Oregano 
  • Garlic, Spring Onions
  • Corn, Pearl Millet
  • Okra
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Asparagus

I have planted Couve Tronchuda (Portuguese Kale) in but I'm not sure if it is growing. I'm seeking its taste rather than try to grow cabbages again which in my patch are unreliable and take forever to grow. I also have a few Cassava growing as a hedge, but I'm not eating them.

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Comment by Christa on April 30, 2021 at 17:13

Those white Chayotes look great hanging there on the trellis. Do you use the Tatume when they are small squash size?  Everything looks so good at your place Dave. 

Comment by Sophie on April 29, 2021 at 9:07

Agreed - cassava is one of the best chop and drop, resilient, survival staple crops. Good to have there whether you eat or not!

Comment by Dave Riley on April 28, 2021 at 17:17

I've got nothing against  cassava -- or cassata! -- but it's a tad carb heavy with being of the low-carb persuasion.  So I have any cassva harvest earmarked for Number #1 son.

Easy to grow. Perennial. Looks good trimmed as a hedge.

Comment by Sophie on April 28, 2021 at 12:53

fab what a time to be alive :) in the garden

Comment by Barbara Tealby on April 28, 2021 at 6:52

A really productive patch as usual, Dave.  It will be interesting to see how the vetiver/tomato combination goes. I've got winged bean growing now, but not fruiting yet. Will you be eating the cassava at some stage? 

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