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A very quick clip as i plant some vetiver grass in the swales here on the tiny farm.

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Comment by Dave Riley on June 24, 2019 at 15:01

Back from Chinchilla. Daily frosts and -3C in the mornings while drought persists.

The Vetiver we planted in early Autumn have survived enough to divide and replant.

Looking forward to Spring -- and RAIN! -- for a major plant out for forage. The cattle survive on hay supplementation as grass is not so much about.

This is good cover -- and frosted (7.30am) in the homestead yard:

This is the norm:

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 23, 2019 at 21:11

They are struggling a bit Susan.  But, I think they'll be okay. 

Comment by Susan on June 23, 2019 at 20:50

Hope it works out.  The bananas are looking healthy up there

Comment by Dave Riley on June 18, 2019 at 17:23

There is no such thing as bad publicity:LINK.

Since I'd watched your original discussion of the  swale I could estimate your required number of plants.If you want more just uproot and divide one of your plants when they reach 10-15 tillers.

Easy separation at that size. Maybe you could do with another ten.

For what you want to engineer, the distance between slips seems about right.

This time of year V is a slow grower. Just keep the water up for the first few weeks.

I'm off  tomorrow to visit my plants out west (planted  earlier in the year) in Chinchilla where it's -2C in the mornings with  occasional frosts...and still in drought.

For folk who wonder about its adaptability my favorite nursery is in Spain and there it sure aint sub tropical.Go visit for a lookie.

I think Andrew's topography is reflective of  a lot of Brisbane suburban blocks  which can be impacted by flash floods and heavy downfalls, especially when sub divisions employ terracing. Even a few Vetiver plants make for an ideal solution to erosion and drainage problems.

And besides, you get to harvest your own mulch. 

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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.)

The Vetiver Community Project 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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