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I have been investing in these 'plantations' over the last few months and they've finally delivered.
I'd like to thank all those TVNI folks who helped me out with advice for this project in my community.
Now that the drought is over the grasses we have planted have finally consolidated in place.With the rain the clumps have transcended the impact of salt ingress and wind.
We could still get hit by a cyclone or a Tropical Low which can take it all away, but for now there is growth and keen rooting.
Our latest site, a sand dune, is proving much more challenging.
If this works I'm sure we can get Vetiver adopted much more along the beachfront and in other communities along the shores of Moreton Bay.
But if Vetiver can survive here it's fit to go almost anywhere.
I'll be running a local workshop soon if anyone is interested in a quick heads up.
Free and on the beach.
Unfortunately the rush for stock has cleared us out and there is now a waiting list for plants.



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Comment by Dave Riley on February 9, 2020 at 12:59

This Summer I'd estimate that we have distributed over 1500 plants with current orders for another 750.

This we did not expect.

Other interesting uses  have been verge projects in Sandgate, forest garden on Straddie, Koi pond in Sydney (water treatment), sheep forage/hay in Donneybrook, cattle forage/erosion control in Chinchilla...

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 9, 2020 at 9:35

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 9, 2020 at 8:52

Mine has finally taken off!  

Comment by Dave Riley on February 9, 2020 at 0:34

Here's our latest nursery rig. Finally integrated the Azolla.Frogs love it, but the mossies don't.

Chook food. Mulch = Azolla

Here's an experiment (below) I'm working on: growing Vetiver in pots with Azolla as a feature plant cooling the nearby air.

So far so good. Just keep the water up and the Vetiver will clean the water for you. Looks nice, don't you think? A water feature that's low maintenance.

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GrowVetiver

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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