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September rhymes with Remember: the garden is green and makes a pleasant scene in September to remember.

Images more for me than for anyone else, September registers as green. That's despite the dry weather over the Wintering.

What with this and that, I've run out of things to do.


The Milk Crate 'garden' has been extended with more herbs planted and experimental Goji berry bushes. I needs my supply of thyme and oregano -- my fix.

After a seed buying spree  and a rejig of my DIY seed raising mix I've now got a few dependents in my nursery. Who needs babies when they have seeds to care for? I've over planted in quantity but with the school garden to take up any excess I'm sure I can find foster homes for any wee things that raise their heads above the soil.

Cucumbers coming on nice...

I may be an annuals junkie but I am always keen to find perennials that fit within my cultivated space and culinary lifestyle. You can never have too many Dragon Fruits.

To the right there are 3 small ponds among all that green...and stuff a' hanging. Grew this corn over Winter.In the background some ladder-trellises. Up them doing fine are climbing beans.

We are  full of beans here at maison d'ave..

Outside my door...

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Comment by Dave Riley on October 29, 2018 at 0:26

Tis very late October...

Like SEQ elsewhere,  the recent rains have been kind to my garden and it doth greeneth.

After harvesting this and that I'm now replanting.

While the tomatoes have suffered in the wet ,the pole beans are relentlessly generous and I have radishes and carrots on easy pull.

Since I have space now, I can start planting out some of the seedlings that I have grown from seed and drill some more of the root veg seed into the soil.

More corn perhaps and some sunflowers.

This time I'm planning to hand pollinate the curbits to cover my options. The cucumbers especially.

I've sown Agati, Pigeon Peas and Moringa in hope of getting some more of these trees in the outback mix. Once they take, I'll be growing them in hedges which I'll keep cutting back.

The LabLab (Hyacinth) and Madagascar Beans are thriving as are my Kabocha pumpkins.

The cabbages are so-so as are the potatoes. Herbs galore. While the reliables --Tromboncino and Bottle Gourd -- have survived the Winter to feed me still.

I was picking some last night to go into a pilaf when I realized that I really do need to celebrate the versatility of Okinawan Spinach (Gynura bicolor/Kinjiso).

I'm a bit of a leaf veg snob (I'm even now neglecting the salad greens I grow) but the Okinawan Spinach sits so well in my cuisine choices.I use it on impulse as I don't really go ape for all those spinach recipes.Thrown into a rice dish just before serving; as mucilage in a gumbo; mixed with meats...I really like it as that extra vegetable layer in a dish.

I can't understand why it isn't celebrated  more generally as much as it is in Okinawa where it is a staple.It has a taste  halfway between parsley and seaweed -- rather than the metallic edge you'd expect from biting into spinach or silver beet.

Today i also harvested all my Vetiver plants for mulch  and dug up enough tillers to grow a hedge 6 metres long for friends who live on the foreshore here. This is the 'big' model project: the plant that supposedly hold back both King and Storm tide. Six metres ( 8-10 plants per metre) isn't long enough but it is a beginning.

This challenge will require two15 metre long parallel hedges, I think, to work.

Elsewhere, at the school garden, except for a  few (irritating) gaps, we have, what I can confidently call, 'a Vetiver Maze'. Not quite tall enough to lose a whole class in, but in a few weeks we should be able to do just that.

Elsewhere, on the Western Downs my outback Vetiver  nursery is under way. And the rains have come so -- touch wood -- we're away growing fodder against drought.

Comment by Dave Riley on September 13, 2018 at 21:33

Since I suffer from  ambivalence in regard to fruit trees i think I've finally approaching my keen to-harvest list :


  1. Lemon
  2. Lime
  3. Dragon Fruit
  4. Mulberry (red and white)
  5. Pomegranate
  6. Jabuticaba
  7. Pepino
  8. Pawpaw


  • Fig
  • Nashi Pear


  • Feijoa
  • Goji Berry

Not that growing trees of any kind works so well in my garden...but we always plant in hope, don't we?

I have a few Peruvian Apple cacti  (Cereus repandus) but I suspect it won't set fruit unless I intervene some how. If  it doesn't, out they go and I'll hunt down fecund specimens and plant those. The Jabuticaba has merely survived. The Limes have finally decided to express themselves as has the White Mulberry. I have a lot of agati or hummingbird tree (Red Sesbania Grandifloria) seeds to play with for the sake of the edible flower harvest.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 8, 2018 at 20:06

Looking good. 

Comment by Dave Riley on September 8, 2018 at 17:31

They aren't compost tubes but terracotta ollas (aka wine coolers) -- they water the crate.I'd think the volume of the crate would be a tad too small to compost in a central core like that.

Comment by Christa on September 8, 2018 at 9:15

Those red bonnets on your compost tubes look like my red geranium flowers, they are colouful.

What a great idea for herbs in those crates, I may pinch that idea. 

Comment by Dave Riley on September 8, 2018 at 9:02

Best source of milk crates are dump shops -- when the crates are there. I've been an avid collector for years. Here at maison d'ave we have many many crates deployed for various functions.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on September 8, 2018 at 6:09

Wow Dave all those pots, you look so organized. What and where did you get the frames that the pots are sitting in. I am also looking forward to seeing you and your garden later in the month.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 7, 2018 at 20:43

Great abundance! Looking forward to seeing it in the green later this month.

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