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A visual record this month.
I wanted to start focusing on individual plants rather than the garden as a whole.
In the montage mix, note the Jerusalem Artichoke harvest from one plant! And in part shade!
The Prickly Pear has taken off . Maybe that's not a surprize in Queensland --given the past infestation -- but its rootedness ensures I can look forward to nopales.--especially  for salsa.
And I'm so pleased that after a year of so much frustration with cucumbers my Achocha plantings have decided to settle and grow. Mouse Melons are still indifferent...
...and my Samphire survives. I haven't grown it from seed with any success but cuttings are a maybe.I have nibbled and can vouch for the taste and texture...So I'm keen to persevere.
The Katuk does well. A most generous plant. The leaves in Autumn have a deeper, less sweet,  flavour but there are more of them.
In the air I'm being over run with chokoes and, not far behind, Butternut Pumpkins/Squash. Beans coming on. Plenty of greens in da spinach mode: Egyptian, Okinawan, Brazilian...and the Vietnamese Pepper/Betel Leaf.
I had this dish when I was recently in Melbourne -- Bo la lot – Betel Leaf Wrapped Minced Beef(or Lamb) -- and it was stunning.


Much as I want to grow my Cannas I've planted Indian Shot Canna (Canna Indica) as a mulch resource (note the small crimson flower in images) and my Queensland arrowroot (Canna edulis) is doing famously. I'm planning on adding a large range of flowering Cannas not only for the flowers but as a mulch resource. At the moment I'm relying on Lemon Grass to supplement my mulch reserves in the hard , mulch scarce, months of August to November and have also planted Vetiver Grass with that coverage in mind.

Since I'm burning wood to create ash (as a soil addition)  I'm looking forward to any cut backs and trimmings both at home or in the neighborhood.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 11, 2015 at 22:58

Hey Dianne, I don't expect Bobbie to pick the difference between a turkey and chook.  But, he is actually quite suspicious of our new visitor.  I'm gonna git me a gun! (well, a water one).  

Hear that Dave?!  Now we get to blast things with water guns! We can't set fire to them - but maybe some wee in that gun?  

Comment by Dave Riley on May 11, 2015 at 10:48

Elaine's right -- as she so often is: water pistol weaponry. Some suggestions that using strong odors and chilli powder  or coating the soil in mesh wire will work.

One guy in aleafy Brisbane burb used plastic pink flamingos to good effect. Raised em high so that they threatened to swoop.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 11, 2015 at 5:27

You have treated these dogs like too much of the family, they just don't know their role in life. Good on You....

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 10, 2015 at 23:36

I have a young one as well, for the first time this year.  Luckily, it's been distracted by the spilled grain around the chicken coop (I bet it gives my girls lice!), but it's also digging around out the front.  Heaven help me when it discovers the raised beds.  Young Bobbie (my dog) has proved a big disappointment in the turkey chasing stakes. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 10, 2015 at 21:03

The Bush Turkey that scrapes mulch is the male. Suggest arming yourself with a water pistol and wetting the thing. The only real way to deal with it (apart from killing it which is not allowed unless you can find a sneaky way of doing it) is to erect a 2metre high fence around the garden. Having a lid on it helps too. It's a big ask with your extensive garden, hence the water pistol suggestion. Assuming you can find or build one.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 10, 2015 at 19:18

I am so lucky I don't have a Bush Turkey in the garden but the Rainbow Lorikeets & Sulphur Crested are driving me mad. I Have an Elaeocarpus grandis (Blue Quandong) and they come for the flowers and small nuts whilst at the same time chewing off small branches, and what is under the tree (that is as high as a 3 story house), the Vegi Garden. The birds come in about 3 times a day so I have a mess to clean up as often.

Would love to see a Write Up on the 'Spinaches'. Tonight we are having a Boneless Lamb Roast stuffed with Warrigal Greens, Onion, Ginger Mint and Pine Nuts. I just love finding out about all the different greens I can grow and eat. Thanks for your input.

Comment by Dave Riley on May 10, 2015 at 18:55

Yep Surinam doing fine...all of them

I was hoping to write a little something soon about the 'spinaches' from all over.Taste and growing. Use and habit.The spinaches are a world unto themselves -- even if they aren't related.

Tragically my garden has been recently discovered by the town's Bush Turkey who now thinks he/she is in bliss: mulch, verdant habitat, up and down beds...

Every day it comes to visit. And it comes back if chased away.

My dogs are useless.

It's me vs the bird.

The Coyote and The Roadrunner.

Every morning I get up to feed the chooks and every morning now there's a Bush Turkey rummaging in my vegetable garden. So every morning I'm chasing the bird around like a witch with a broom. But I don't have a broom so my martial arts skills kicked in this morning as I picked chokoes and three them at the bird.
BAM! Take that you poultry marauder! BIFF!
It jumped the fence but was back in 20 minutes.
So I picked up one of the dogs and went hunting with it in my arms.
I was gonna say: Look! Attack that!
But the darn bird was no where to be seen...

But I'm not allowed to kill this poultry.It being fauna ...(and besides there's only two in the whole town -- they live in the school grounds. Peacocks own the swamp -- TRUE! -- and we're Bird Central. An avian hub. So you can't begrudge any species.). 'Turkey' is not derivative of menu attributes... The bugger was back this afternoon and I picked up the Jack Russell and gave chase...thinking it's like carrying a machine gun in a violin case. If it was a Blue Tongue Lizard or rodent he'd stiffen and struggle to get at it. But birds...After all these years I've given so much to canines. Walked them. Picked up their poo. Squeezed their anal glands...all the good times we've shared-- you'd think there would be some pay back,I could count on. One bird. Just one bird dealt with is all I ask....

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 10, 2015 at 18:30

Your plants are looking great, How is the Surinam Spinach going? I so impressed with what you have done, I took a leaf out of your book making use of what I have. I have been given a couple of old wooden PMG ladders ad have put them on the diagonal heading up a couple of Palm Trees. I intend to plant Madagascar Bean Seed up one and Giant of Stuttgart Bean up another. Thanks for the Inspiration.

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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.)

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