As growing plants for mulch is such an important and ongoing chore for those of us who have the room and like to save money I thought I’d post this blog about my experiences this year with the harvest.
The East Indian Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) I have is an invader from the neighbouring property and together with Queensland Arrowroot (Canna indica), Leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala) and Singapore Daisy (Sphagneticola trilobata) have made their way into my garden and flourished. All these plants are commonly used for biomass and mulch production which leads me to believe that the introducer (now long gone) may have been into permaculture or at least had a little bit of knowledge (i.e. in the dangerous way). I’ve managed to stop the Singapore Daisy from establishing in my property but the Leucaena has gotten a partial foothold and the lemongrass and arrowroot I’ve adopted. All these plants have self-seeded over at least 10 years and thus are well and truly adapted to the local environment. Anyway back to the harvest. Below is a photo of the area where they are most abundant. Note I haven’t harvested in a couple of years and since then they have really established themselves. This is right on the property border where there is little soil and on top of a rock wall –
You can see in behind the lemongrass the vine mess of Singapore Daisy and other invasive environmental weeds such as the Velcro plant (Desmodium uncinatum), Leucaena (coppiced) and Glycine (Neonotonia wightii). The lemongrass does block them to some degree but I still need to cut these vines back fortnightly in the warmer months as all the recent neighbours (it is a rental) have no idea what a garden is and certainly don’t do any yard work.
This is the amount harvested –
Now I need to cut the harvest into smaller pieces before using or storing. I’m thinking of using my mower to do this once I remove the bigger stems. I’ll post an update on how the lemongrass grows back in a few months.
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