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Since I'm now working on a couple of Vetiver projects around town, I thought that -- with the impending growth season -- I'd launch forth in a community friendly way.

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.

So it goes to show you how far a community can push the Vetiver envelope. After a time, working with the plant is like embracing it as an indulgent partner.

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:

With  a quick haircut, we could house the Year Ones in there this week. By terms end, touch wood, we'll have enough height in the clumps to bamboozle them unless they can find their way out.

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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Comment by Dave Riley on April 1, 2019 at 9:50

We are soon to plant out a seaside initiative with Vetiver -- designed against storm tide erosion.

Up against the forces of the Coral Sea -- so to speak.

Consequently I've been archiving a lot of Vetiver information here on the project website.

So if you want a quick reference -- which also links to commentary here at BLF -- note the url.

Local context is all ...and local utility.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 22, 2018 at 21:50

 Makings of an interesting and useful blog.

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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.

Place your business add here! ($5 per month or $25 for 9 months)

Talk to Andy on 0422 022 961.  You can  Pay on this link

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