I won't have enough stock if my foreshore restoration/protection plantings survive the sand, King tides and any storm surges. I'll sure to have my hands full partnering locals who want a handle on this protective hedge against erosion.
So I created a web home for the initiative --LINK-- to see what pans out. Kinda feed in some Vetiver info locally.
While I have a little leeway to expand my nursery plantings here at home, I'm sure to run out of space some time early next year and am looking to establish a standalone nursery, if necessary, on leased or borrowed land.
In the meantime the beds here at home I've hedged with Vetiver are beginning to take some form., as these images suggests:
I thought that being enthusiastic about the utility of Vetiver in urban settings was a niche interest, but I've been directed to a report on Vetiver habits in suburban Lima Peru. See HERE.
I'm off this weekend to Chinchilla to check on the plantings we did there at on a marginal lands cattle property. The initiative was designed to consolidate forage reserves against drought. We're also using --so far -- Pigeon Pea and Moringa plantings as livestock fodder.Next Winter, we'll add mulberry.
But with frosts and some minus temperatures (-7C this year) we cannot presume the vegetation we grow on the coastline will survive the year on the other side of the range.
In the meantime the school garden Vetiver MAZE is beginning to take some meandering form:
The kids don't know what to expect when they enter. Many are bemused --despite the face that we have been growing mazes at the spot-- with the same design -- for almost 2 years, initially as a sunflower maze.
Already trims of grass from the maze have have been laid out as mulch on half of our grow beds.At terms end, we'll cut the maze right back and mulch all the beds over the Summer break.
With the Vetiver experience in mind, we're also creating a banana and pawpaw cove/ cubby to serve as our in-garden 'chill-out' zone --replacing our old rambling tent shack.
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