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Summer is not over until I say it is.

No surprise that I also had a rough Summer.

Ran out of mulch. The plants crisped up.Weeds took over. Too hot to toil...

Best consequence was that my clay pots kept the strong rooted mature annual plants alive. Seedlings, on the other hand,died.

Maybe I did get the shade I yearned for but losing my mulch supply line was a tragic disaster.

I have planted many frangipanis among the beds.The mower folk are back dropping off the lawn clippings.The world is back to normal....

Now, with confidence, I planted heaps of seeds in hope of a greener world.

My assumption is that despite the date, Summer is not over until I say it is.

Today I expended my labours on laying out a Sunflower Maze at the school garden. We'll enjoy its delights in 10 weeks or so, then I plan to replace the sunflowers with Vetiver grass.

Great crop of lettuces coming along there and so far, since moving our activities outside of the shade tunnel, the green stuff we planted lives:paw paw, corn, eggplant, cucumbers, sweet potato, pineapple, loofah, aloe vera...

This is the third year of the school garden project and rather than treat it as a special focus I'm sourcing it as an extension of my own gardening. That way I can synchronize the seeds we use and planting out schedule while spending less on seedlings.

We'll be building a  teepee covered with climbing beans (a wee cubby inside) to go with, what I call, the 'Red Fort' -- a humpy strung up with red construction warning mesh. Big enough to hold a class under light shade.

It's an outdoor class ROOM with logs to sit on.

Back home, the 'milk crate garden' I set up last year, utilizing a dozen plastic crates, served me very well over Summer.

Pots and I don't usually get along -- but the shape, size,& weed mat covering worked  a treat throughout the heat.Kept me herb supplied.

Among the crates my Rock Samphire has taken off...finally.

It does amaze me how well the milk crates worked.My fill was a garden "soil" (ie: chook pen sand) mixed with cheap potting mix.

Gonna make some more....

Best plant over Summer: Okinawan Spinach (in the shade).

New hobby over Summer: aloes. I now have about 6 varieties...and my front garden has gone succulent-ile.

To entertain a group of 5 year olds, introduce them to aloe vera goo and slime it on real squishy..Chop up the leaves, split 'em and lead the rubbing in.

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Comment by Rob Collings on March 10, 2017 at 14:53

I thought that summer had just begun ... just following that new 5th season of whatever.

Comment by DARREN JAMES on March 9, 2017 at 23:05

Dont trust anyone Dave not even the calender as they all keep telling me its no longer summer lol

Comment by DARREN JAMES on March 9, 2017 at 23:05

Dont trust anyone Dave not even the calender as they all keep telling me its no longer summer lol

Comment by Dave Riley on March 3, 2017 at 13:11

Mine is the European rock samphire but I'm extremely keen to grow its Australian namesake...

Comment by Sophie on March 3, 2017 at 9:34

Nice, Love samphire. I've had an O.Spinach roasted in full sun. Surprise still alive!

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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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