Almost all of the clumps in our backyards have been harvested and we are 'bringing them on' (pictured at right) as divisions which are almost ready to plant out in our new nursery location.
It has been a hard ask of our would-be clients as we are planting out rather than sharing the slips with them. We had to do it, as we kept running out of stock...
And the greedy things, want thousands of plants. Demand is high.
But after investing in new equipment we are set for a qualitative expansion in our nurserying.
Our new block is quite big -- just under half an acre -- so planting it out will take a few seasons. Fortunately the soil is pretty good for our area -- unlike what I began with at home 10 years ago -- and we have access to the aquifer below for our watering needs.
Unfortunately the best beds for growing a nursery are covered in mulch and while we have that, it sure doesn't spread out on its own volition. Moving a mountain of mulch by hand is not my favourite activity.
A to B by wheelbarrow so that B is 20 cm deep is unrelenting labour.
We will have to hire a dingo mini loader I expect when the novelty of exertion wears off.
If last 'season' is any indication, trade can get hectic until May then dies off as the Vetiver plant growth stalls.
Next time the cooler months come around we hope to harness the Vetiver leaves as Oyster mushroom substrate.
Sort of an off-season activity.
I never thought I'd be running a nursery professionally -- albeit part time -- as we build up the client base. But there: even when you get on in years there is always another sod worth turning over.
And for me, being chronically 'ill' -- who woulda thought?
Our main achievement thus far, is that GrowVetiver is already a substantial contributor to regenerative agriculture here in Australia because we have broken the price burden while maintaining plant quality.
While I'm very partisan on the topic I think every kitchen garden should be growing Vetiver among the veges.
I started with 3 plants and now I'm a parent to thousands.
We will be establishing a YouTube channel soon that will showcase all the DIY with Vetiver you'll need to know.
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