You do one thing and that suggests another in way of flow on. What with the change in the weather and my collection of seedlings I've been out back making things happen.
Maybe I'll add some photos tomorrow when it is daylight...but my garden is a sea of fluro bamboo stakes like these shown right.
I've been a'planting a'plenty.
As part of this exercise I've planted a Vetiver clump at least every 1.5 metres. This is my major Vetiver experiment in way of harnessing the grass's ability to hydrate and enrich the local soil by adding carbon and fostering its microbiology.
And for cut mulch too: that straw in the photo is cut Vetiver grass.
All that you see below in the photo is now planted out -- except the moringa and most of the chaya. I'm positing chaya plants in places around the backyard with the aim, not only of consumption, but to also bring on cuttings as chaya is so hard to come by in Australia. That is, in my books, a culinary crime.
The Pearl Millet is sure to be an interesting project. In the kitchen it is very versatile and the fam and I loves the stuff. In case you don't know -- and that's very likely -- this is what Pearl Millet looks like -- look to the left.
Whether mine will get that far depends on many complications. But the notion is appealing.
I've been growing field corns to make grits and polenta but the harvest is very disappointing when 'sweet corn' -- Balinese type -- has grown well in my patch. Hopi and Dent varieties have yielded small cobs with limited kernels. Aztec did bad too.
Has it been too wet?
And to top it off, my beloved Okinawa Spinach isn't thriving as much as I am used to. Its cousin, Gynura procumbens, is a weed in my garden.
However, the other night we consumed a spicy lamb bolognaise with Okinawan spinach polenta and it was awesome.
The polenta and the millet allows our menu to wander a little away from relying on corn tortillas. Note that I hope to experiment with making millet flour tortillas this week.
I ams what I ams: a corn and millet man. Had egg fried 'rice' for lunch -- made from pearl millet.
So there. It's all about catchup. And you know why? APRIL is the bestest month in my garden and my annual gardening life. I just love April. Maybe we aren't through with Summer -- it reached 32C here on the coast today -- but on Monday morning we'll be waking up to about 14C. You can spend more time out there in the heat.
Just as I'm thinking I'm consumed in replanting and renewal, I'm harvesting white chokoes, winged beans and Chaya leaf. And still the Dragon Fruit is coming. And for once -- or finally! -- I'm getting a leaf on the Moringa of a size that's worth cooking.
It may look like a corner of a cow paddock but the combo works for me. I pull back the Scurvy Weed to plant and mark the seedlings with the fluro bamboo sticks.
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