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After moving in just over a year ago, we've been busy planning the long term garden and still have lots of our plants and fruit trees in pots. We really have to put in some retaining walls to help with the top soil run off and create some lawn for the little one. 

Anyway, we recently put up the front fence and today I planted out a bunch of things that was ready. I'm hoping to turn it into a community herb garden for our neighbours to also enjoy. 

At the back there's a row of Vetiver (thanks to Dave) the bank slopes on the other side of the wall so hoping the roots will help keep it in place, I thought it would also look nice against the blue fence. I then stuck in some lemon grass, African blue basil (from a garden visit), thyme, oregano ( as the ground cover) and some other things that desperately needed a home. I went a bit crazy with some pigeon pea seed so those have gone in too. 

Hoping the lovely rain will give it all a good kick start.IMG-20200118-WA0007.jpg

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Comment by Christa on January 29, 2020 at 17:54

You did a great job, San.  I love the brick edge and the fence behind.  Take a photo in 6 months and 12 months and you will see how it works so well.   It is the best thing that Dave has taught us.  Those herbs should do well there and also the pigeon pea.   Thanks for sharing.

Comment by San on January 29, 2020 at 14:38

Hi Dave, yes you're welcome to use my photos. I'll try and update as the Vetiver grows.

Comment by Dave Riley on January 29, 2020 at 10:34

It's worth monitoring, but that hedge should, once consolidated,'wick' the whole bed. That makes for a cheap wicking bed! Self sufficient in mulch too.

Comment by Dave Riley on January 29, 2020 at 10:30

Can I use your photo, San? I like to share stories about my childrens' new lives.

Comment by Valerie on January 19, 2020 at 12:24

Looks fab!

Comment by Dianne Caswell on January 19, 2020 at 8:29

Sounds like you have been very busy. I'm sure you will get full use of your Herbs. It is so nice to be able to use herbs from your own garden. The rain has been a real blessing and much needed, and as there's more to come your plants will really get going now. Thanks San for sharing your gardening progress with us, Happy Gardening.

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.

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