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Despite  the dry, we eat.

What more could you ask for?

After weeding, using my sickle-- as explained here -- I'm ready to plant out even more stuff.

My orchard is consolidating. It is situated inside the chook pen. So far, only a pawpaw  and lemon harvest.

But I'm delighted with how the expanded pen has worked. Happier chooks too. It is quite a space. Magical almost. Natural habitat like. And I've consolidated the method of recycling what I give them and what I take out.

Primarily I've been busy with the Vetiver. Busier than I expected. So I haven't been thinking about the garden so much although it is squeezed in among and between Vetiver hedges.

In production:


  • warrigal greens
  • okinawan spinach
  • longevity spinach
  • katuk
  • moringa
  • prickly pear (nopales)
  • chaya
  • rocket
  • bulb fennel
  • bok choy
  • asparagus


  • tomatoes
  • bottle gourds
  • choko
  • pumpkins
  • various sweet and chili peppers
  • dragon fruit
  • cucumbers
  • okra


  • pigeon pea
  • winged bean
  • pole beans (roma)


  • daikon radish
  • yacon
  • peanuts
  • sweet potato


  • spring onions
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • curry leaf
  • lemon grass
  • oregano
  • chives
  • leaf celery
  • epazote
  • mitsuba
  • parsley


  • corn

I do have yams, madagascar beans and cassava that I don't harvest to eat.

I'm doing a few salsas for Christmas day and most of the ingredients for them are gonna be picked outback. Point being that I have focused my kitchen gardening much more on what I want to eat.

That, my friends, is the ultimate art.

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Comment by Dave Riley on December 23, 2019 at 23:19


Comment by Dave Riley on December 23, 2019 at 23:08

Planted some more seedlings.

More cucumber, parsley, daikon, corn, spring onions, bok choy, winged beans and peanuts.Divided the Okinawan spinach and replanted some in a cooler spot. The clumps seem to fag out after a couple of years.

What I lack in the ground -- that should be there for the kitchen -- is sawtooth coriander, snake gourd and tomatillo.

I trimmed the Vetiver hedges back to 30 cm so a certain neatness borders the beds.

Comment by Valerie on December 20, 2019 at 17:53


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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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