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The transformation of the building site garden continues. We realised that we are beginning to introduce elements of a cottage garden out there.

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Comment by Valerie on July 2, 2021 at 14:52
I am a bit motion-sick from all the camera movement but it looks very promising! I just looked up tibouchina and love the look of it. Great choice.
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 1, 2021 at 12:22
There's poo everywhere out there Christa. If we keep getting the nice light rain, I reckon I'll hit the whole lot again for good measure. Dave's vetiver grass is really helping the other plants access the moisture.
Comment by Christa on July 1, 2021 at 11:19
This will be a lovely site, especially for Rozie, with Roses and pink Tibouchina. Andrew, maybe consider throwing bags of manure in that pit where the banana is growing. When it rains it should go into the soil and encourage worms. Great work Andrew.
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 29, 2021 at 14:29
To be honest, the only reason I get water flow in that one place is that the neighbour's drainage gutter comes out there. I just found a way to turn it to my advantage.
Comment by Dave Riley on June 27, 2021 at 21:50
Looking at the site I was wondering how much flow would cascade down it and over your rock wall. Obviously not as problematical as the area you planted Vetiver in to create a dam along the driveway.
Since you have manured and mulched your new space, it is too late to think of creating swales -- and swales, to my mind, are a lot of work and will over time silt up.
But...
Come Spring, you may want to divide some of your Vetiver to create erosion hedges in your building site. Just plant along the contour in sections where there is indicative concave depressions so you can slow down run off and force water underground.
Don't plant them along the rock wall line as that will be superfluous -- but stagger them as required higher up.
Do this over time and keep the Vetiver often trimmed to 30cm high to harvest mulch. For instance to renew the stuff you already put down.
Plant the Vetiver slips 10cm -- a fist width-- apart in contour lines of 10 or so to start with. Then divide each year or every 6 months to fill as required.
Like this: https://tinyurl.com/yhb3qsy6
Also of note for your slope is that you can also plant Vetiver with any tree you plant -- almost in the same hole. That tree will thrive through symbiosis as the Vetiver mines water at depth.
Vetiver also holds your slope in place of course.
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 25, 2021 at 16:01
She even let me pick the Dahlias, Dianne.
Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 24, 2021 at 18:43
Music to my ears, I am sure the special lady in your life will be happy to see a few flowers for her vases.

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GrowVetiver

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.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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