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Well, I finally have a small space within the nursery that surrounds my new home, to grow some pots of edibles for myself. 

Some sunlight during the day but shade in the arvo.

Because I'm renting I'm keeping to pots and grow bags (still to come) so I need food plants that won't grow huge or need too much space and are productive and versatile.

Herb pot (foreground) has been going for many months now at the last house-sit. When moving, I emptied the pot, shoved the plants in buckets of water and re potted it all at my new place. I didn't expect much but all the plants have taken off again. 

Sage, Sorrel, parsley and a sad looking Rosemary hiding in the middle along with a couple of Asian greens and Spring Onions grown from store bought cut-offs. 

I have bought a large Rosemary from the nursery as it's my favourite herb.

Small pot on the right has Rocket and more sprouting garlic.

Pot on the left is Ethiopian Cabbage, surrounded by garlic that just insisted on being planted. Good for garlic shoots. The seed for the EC came from Yandina Community Garden and out of an entire packet that I have been carting around for a year, only two precious seedlings came up. 

Pot in the middle has my precious Walking Stick Collards which had a pretty good germination rate. I'll have to thin these out in a pot this size.

Warrigal Greens grow in easily accessible spots on the island, including on the beach. I will liberate a plant or two for a grow bag. Very useful green.

I liked the look of the Chaya that Dave was spruiking and have ordered one. It looks like the sort of perennial that would do ok in a pot. A bit like Aibika only tastier by the sounds.

I would love a Moringa, one of my favourite greens, but any other suggestions for things to grow that I just must have, please! 


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Comment by Lissa on June 3, 2019 at 11:05

Addy!! Was just thinking about you the other day. Every time I see Nopales I think of you :)

I will happily wait, thank you. Remind me which suburb you live in?

Comment by Addy on June 1, 2019 at 21:51

Hello Lissa, a voice from the past! I have a Moringa growing in a pot, dying now as it gets colder I think you can grow new plants from cuttings, I’ll try and if successful, you can have one in Summer. Can you wait that long?

Comment by Lissa on April 27, 2019 at 18:31

Thanks Cheryl - I ordered quite a few through the mail, but thank you. It's a long way to drive these days :)

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on April 27, 2019 at 17:25

Lissa, I have a couple of grow bags here if you want them

Comment by Lissa on April 24, 2019 at 8:34

I can remember using the drying method for the leaves (once, by mistake) and I froze the surplus. I love fresh Moringa leaves, especially in chicken soup.

The seed I bought must be over the hill.

If you find you have a plant extra to your needs I would be happy to buy it off you.

Comment by Dave Riley on April 23, 2019 at 21:40

They are indeed fickle from seed...and I think I have run out of seeds. I have around 8 Moringas growing at the moment.  A hedge.

I took two cuttings yesterday which I'll pot up tomorrow.

I find Moringa  to be slow to grow in my sand so more plants are better than one.

Yesterday I suspect I discovered something: I hate stripping Moringa leaves off the stems. You always end up with twigs in the meal.  But if you leave them on the countertop for a day or so, most of the leaves fall off naturally.

I hate the stuff raw but it cooks up OK.  Obviously it is a nutritional goody.

Comment by Lissa on April 23, 2019 at 16:09

Thank you Dave :) 

Moringa is my hearts desire at the moment so thank you for the heads up about the lack of plants at the market. I will toss up a visit in the hope of getting my hands on a grow-able cutting.

Comment by Dave Riley on April 23, 2019 at 8:42

I've not seen any potted Moringa at the Caboolture markets but you can bay leafy stems.

Given your shade, katuk will grow well.

Great that the chaya has taken -- I find a delicious and generous  plant.

Drop by if you want cuttings of anything.

Comment by Lissa on April 23, 2019 at 5:44

Oh - and the Walking Stick Collards and Ethiopian Cabbage are both growing well if a bit slower in pots than they used to in the garden for me.

Comment by Lissa on April 23, 2019 at 5:42

My Sambung and Swt Potato c/- Sid are both doing very well.

Warrigal Greens courtesy of the Bribie beach is also going great guns.

The Chaya suffered a bit in the beginning due to the local tiny black ants encouraging the aphids but it's picking up now - the top was cut off and replanted and is also growing well. 

Moringa seeds refuse to come up for me. I need to get to the markets and buy an established plant.

I'm also growing Ulam Raja, or edible Cosmos. Grows easily from seed but I can't say I'm blown over by it's flavour...but it's still a useful green for adding to soups. 

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