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It was such a glorious morning after last night's storm that I had to capture some of the burgeoning aliveness and growth.Edibles all.

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Comment by DARREN JAMES on September 28, 2014 at 7:51

I cant wait for my JA grove either mate 'I have planted numerous .I buy the actual tubers from Kenmore village and toowong village did have them they are cheap also 4to5 tubers for about 4dollars  max .When I bought mine they were already sprouting due to it being a bit late but this is what you want .I have found with ja tubers only play with them when they want to play or they will rot.I shall display my grove hopefully later in the year good luck.

Comment by Dave Riley on September 28, 2014 at 7:08

Thanks for the artichoke tip, Darren. I'd been thinking of that option for a while...and since I'm off to the Cab markets this morn I think I can buy some plants. Main  order of business was to pick up some more Katuk  saplings as I didn't strike enough for my needs.

By the by over the road from the markets is  stand of feral bamboo. So you can combine marketing with a bamboo harvest when you need tall stakes and frame material.

Any excuse to browse among the horticultural offerings!

As you can guess space is getting tight...and since I've upped my own seedling production I'm very squeezy.

I've also got a lot of 'cottage garden' type flowers in the soil. In  a week or so -- as the next batch of sunflowers come out and the flowering understory blooms --0 it's sure to be gorgeous in the groves. This garden is a truly astounding experience given what it's grown on. I keep asking myself, 'how did all this happen?'

Every year over the cooler months I can't get my regular mulch supply but this Spring the very large Silky Oak has decided to start shedding its leaves big time. It's manna from heaven over everything.  Like a Cool Temperate Autumn.

I was worried that the tree was gonna die on me but already it's flowering so soon enough we'll get birds breakfasting big time and the awesome Black Cockatoos back in its branches.

Comment by DARREN JAMES on September 27, 2014 at 21:17

Hi again Dave you spoke about shade plants ie sunflowers have you ever considered trying to grow Jerusalem artichokes you wont get the seeds mate but I can guarantee a great yield of tubers and they are virtually bullet proof and wont sulk with little water .They could be a good little earner at your markets and also sorry not to forget the constant flowering Im sure people would love to buy them also.cheers

Comment by Dave Riley on September 27, 2014 at 17:34

I really don't like the straight leaf Kale. Much prefer the filigree ones.Indeed I've got so much Kale I've started to remove some plants. But when I go to market sale people expect the straight leaf as that's the supermarket standard: tough and expensive.

For me: Kale in Winter/Katuk in Summer...and I much prefer Katuk. My favorite vegetable.

As you may guess I'm already working on my shade options. The Frangipani are just beginning their sprout forth  but my major excitement is how useful very tall sunflowers can be. I love the sunflower flower enough to cut my ear off in solidarity... and the whole seeding thing up high well you gotta love it (as the cockies do)...but as well as an easy shade cloth, I'm now growing beans up the stems -- like the 'Three Sisters'.

But Kale does crop seemingly for ever -- perennial habits via cut and come again  -- until the real humid heat descends. But I lose interest as soon as the Katuk kicks in.

By the bye...you can see why I lose my tools in the garden. 

Finally I'm back with some input of mulch -- grass clippings --  as the weeds started to take off. But this year I've learnt how useful dense planting is and, via experimentation, I prefer to grow to seedling stage and transplant rather than direct sow the seed.

With all that polycultural http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Sisters_(agriculture) mix up I do miss some harvestables...but they stay on long enough to be a seed saving resource.

As for invasions....Darn possums have discovered my patch and the dogs aren't active enough.And, friends tell me, the infestation of  26 (or 28)-spotted ladybirds on my potato plant leaves is a major problem.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 27, 2014 at 16:48

So far the Kales have proven themselves good performers in my quite hot winter garden - it's a sun-trap from early morning to sunset, on the western side of the hill. I've some seedlings ready to transplant for the summer in a shadecloth-covered wicking bed. I am hoping they will continue through the hot season.

I'd love to know what others have found with Kale. We use it a lot in juices with the Rainbow Chard and Parsley (and other fruits).

Comment by DARREN JAMES on September 27, 2014 at 16:29

Great pics Dave that kale is very impressive is that long stemmed one known as the dinosaur kale .This season I have concentrated more on my kale after learning how beneficial it really is;How long would you expect it to crop through' my curly leaf variety is still going gangbusters and no sign of finishing

Comment by Lissa on September 27, 2014 at 9:40

A garden likes a good storm. Nothing like plentiful fresh rainwater and a bit of thunder/lightening for nitrogen.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 27, 2014 at 5:58

Most impressive good sir.

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