We've room for a couple of Banana plants so a Dwarf Ducasse is on its way here from Tully. Reviewing the inhabitants of the yard, I've decided to say 'good bye' to the Lab Lab plants.
Like the Jicama, the Lab Lab is an enthusiastic grower and it's taking over the Persimmon on one side and the Lilly Pilly on the other. The shoots are reaching across a couple of meters of open ground to my next-door neighbour's jungle. The crop so far has been disappointing although it's only a young plant so perhaps in the warmer weather it would have produced more pods. I have a huge pile of cuttings from these plants which are going to be great compost. Nothing is ever wasted!
We've been considering using Sugar Cane bales as garden edges. After some deliberations and trials with one bale, we're cutting down our ambitions to one Banana bed and one Pomegranate bed. The bales are quite heavy for a couple of old ducks, so we've found we can end-for-end them but not lift them to heave around. As well, we need to stake them and drive thinnish sharpened wood stakes through the tightly-packed bale and it's quite a challenge. We were a bit nonplussed at the cubic area which needs filling with mix so that helped us to decide to start small with 2 gardens (10 to 12 bales) and not our previously ambitious plans of using 50 bales and making gardens here, there and everywhere. Elaine R found a person selling and delivering a minimum of 10 rectangular Sugar Cane bales but she's yet to make contact. If this all works out as we hope, I will pass on his contact details, having those awkward and very messy bales delivered is a real boon.
Update 15th April 2011: We've moved on from the Sugar Cane bales for edges since we cannot get them very simply, so I am resurrecting an earlier idea of using 90 percent shade cloth attached to a rigid frame to make the above-ground bed for the Banana.
And now it is in its new temporary home to grow on until I plant it out in September:
The space the Lab Lab had has now been cleared waiting construction of the Banana bed. Room for a Banana and Paw Paw circle would be nice but not possible given the amount of space available.
Further updates when something notable happens.
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