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A very quick clip as i plant some vetiver grass in the swales here on the tiny farm.

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Comment by Dave Riley on June 24, 2019 at 15:01

Back from Chinchilla. Daily frosts and -3C in the mornings while drought persists.

The Vetiver we planted in early Autumn have survived enough to divide and replant.

Looking forward to Spring -- and RAIN! -- for a major plant out for forage. The cattle survive on hay supplementation as grass is not so much about.

This is good cover -- and frosted (7.30am) in the homestead yard:

This is the norm:

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 23, 2019 at 21:11

They are struggling a bit Susan.  But, I think they'll be okay. 

Comment by Susan on June 23, 2019 at 20:50

Hope it works out.  The bananas are looking healthy up there

Comment by Dave Riley on June 18, 2019 at 17:23

There is no such thing as bad publicity:LINK.

Since I'd watched your original discussion of the  swale I could estimate your required number of plants.If you want more just uproot and divide one of your plants when they reach 10-15 tillers.

Easy separation at that size. Maybe you could do with another ten.

For what you want to engineer, the distance between slips seems about right.

This time of year V is a slow grower. Just keep the water up for the first few weeks.

I'm off  tomorrow to visit my plants out west (planted  earlier in the year) in Chinchilla where it's -2C in the mornings with  occasional frosts...and still in drought.

For folk who wonder about its adaptability my favorite nursery is in Spain and there it sure aint sub tropical.Go visit for a lookie.

I think Andrew's topography is reflective of  a lot of Brisbane suburban blocks  which can be impacted by flash floods and heavy downfalls, especially when sub divisions employ terracing. Even a few Vetiver plants make for an ideal solution to erosion and drainage problems.

And besides, you get to harvest your own mulch. 

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