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I was outback and the garden was looking so good I thought I'd capture the moment.

As you can see, I'm growing sticks too -- cuts from mulberry bushes. I use the sticks to mark where I plant seedlings and to later deploy them to raise up climbers or ramblers.'Tis an African habit.The red berets are the latest design change to my terracotta clay pots.More pots are in hiding -- such as in the middle of those clumps of cabbages.
In One the fence at the back gets little sun -- around 4/24 at the moment -- so I've planted a row of spuds and some Warrigal Greens. The mirrors are a sun catcher experiment.

Number 5 is an heirloom squash. Six is Radichio, followed by Spring Onions, Ethiopian Spinach and Burdock(in the background:an artichoke mound.

After being ambivalent for a time I've aggressively returned to 'mixed vegetable planting' after seeing pictures of a family kitchen garden in Tanzania. It may seem like a jungle -- indeed it is -- but it is such a mix of annual plants that harvesting is an exercise in memory and discovery.
The paths are strewn with paper 'rubbish' on top of which I throw larger green wastes that can't go to the chooks. The only airborne plants at the moment is  Cucuzzi and passionfruit.When any climber reaches the top of the sticks, I string them to the aerials above.

Not quite visible is the potatoes I've mingled among everything else. You pay a harvest price but it makes good use of space. Since I've planted out a lot more seedlings recently and tossed over a cover of coriander seeds -- I guess we ain't seen nuthin' yet.

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Comment by Dave Riley on July 12, 2017 at 11:27

Caccucia is a mispell. It should be Cucuzzi (Lagenaria siceraria)  and  is so inappropriately also named  'New Guinea Bean' . A squash of course half way between a zucchini and a pumpkin depending ion when you pick it. The fruits can grow very big and need to be peeled.

Comment by Christa on July 12, 2017 at 9:43

So much food, and I can see all the mulch that you apply over the ground.  What is the caccucia that is airborne, is it a cucumber?    With all the prop sticks around, I do imagine an african lady working around the corner with a basket on her head. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 12, 2017 at 6:35

You garden is looking great, very productive as usually. Even though you have been laid up a bit this year, you get out there and get it done, you are an inspiration.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 9, 2017 at 22:43


Comment by Dave Riley on July 9, 2017 at 22:02

Number 3: Since I water the garden with a hose I need to maneuver around the paths to reach my pots. To get around corners I use my collection of tubular steel rods which I hammer into the ground. When you do that, the top edges often split and become jagged so that they become a danger when walking past. So I put hats on them. What with the domestic mosaic industry we have lots of china cups.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 9, 2017 at 21:32

Hey Dave - in shot 3:  what are the pipes with cups on them?  Irrigation?  


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