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This time of year it's lazy days.

The weeds don't thrive. Irrigation needs are forgiving. Plants grow in their own good time...

Mind you, seeds are slow to sprout . But if you are patient, the harvests keep a'comin.

Best time of year: no question. Here in SEQ at least.

Despite my best efforts I still have some empty spaces left in the patch. Hanging tomatoes on ropes from on high and making single ladders for beans to climb has served to give me even more room below.

I've even got some telephone (pole) PEAS shooting upwards.

Ironically adding height --given the fall of shadows on my garden -- allows the elevated plants to fuel up on more sunshine.

Thus my new imagined template: the kelp forest.

In the annual soil: cabbages, bulb fennel, carrots, various climbing beans, peas, broad beans, tomatoes, parsley, coriander, culantro, dill, trombochino, bottle gourd, pepino, spring onions, garlic, chives, oregano, leek, thyme, arthritis plant, pumpkins,katuk, pigeon pea, corn, cucumber, sweet potato, potato, yacon,  rosemary, sugar snap peas, asparagus, basil, vetiver, aloe vera, okinawan spinach, longevity spinach,choko, tatume squash, chili, radishes, beetroot, lemon grass, chicory, endive, Piper lolot, turmeric, kankong...

And elsewhere:pawpaw, dragon fruit, mulberry, fig, passion fruit, pomegranate, lemon, lime, banana.

What I'm planting has changed as I look to my stomach with greater culinary focus under the gastronomical perspective, 'I know what I like/I'm knowing more what i can grow.'

And I have worms!

Not me personally -- but the garden has an incredible occupation of earth worms. Every divot. Every trowel embed will disturb two, three -- even more -- earth worms. I have never  fostered so many. The earth truly moves at my feet.

Just on the  lynching of the tomatoes: it has been a challenge to keep the rope supply up given that I'm working on a 3 metre drop for the rigging. The criss-cross above my head is getting busy. It's like a tram intersection.

I fortunately got another 30 metres of rope (for $8) from the markets yesterday.

One or two seasons of this improvisation, I'm thinking I may re-design the whole overhead criss-cross and impose some structural order. Like a pattern.

As it is, I've used my bamboo canes to good effect by attaching narrow plastic trellis ladders to them and these I can run along the aerials to accommodate tomato plants below.

Quite remarkable really. These canes support the aerials and the aerials support them enough so that the base end of the bamboo poles just sit on the ground. No need to embed.

The tomato lynch ropes are slip-knotted to the above aerials so they too are easily shifted once harvest is completed from any current tenant.

Not that I've worked it out fully, but I suspect a utility aerial should be 2.5 metres from the ground.For trimming and harvesting -- such as of the Bottle Gourd or Tombochino -- I'm using a small portable ladder.

Imagine, if you will, a vegetable patch that is like a huge fish tank with a surface of criss-cross lines...and I'm the sea creature weaving and feeding about the growing beds, tending to my Octopuses Garden.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 5, 2018 at 21:17

Definitely a clever way to grow Dave. 

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