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Author:  veggie boy [ Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Vetiver, lemon grass, comfrey and arrowroot, pigeon pea

Those pics were taken at about 6 months back from memory. I really lush now after recent rains. Heaps of lush weeds and heaps of lush running grasses trying to take over everything :bash:

Author:  Granny Smith [ Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Vetiver, lemon grass, comfrey and arrowroot, pigeon pea

Winter? Cold? In Brisbane?

How low do your temps get there, VB?

Author:  veggie boy [ Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Vetiver, lemon grass, comfrey and arrowroot, pigeon pea

At my place we normally get a few frosts each year. Sub-zero temps are not unusual and the lowest I've recorded in -4. Average winter night temp though is probably more like 5.

Author:  earthbound [ Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:10 pm ]
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Not that much different to Perth by the sounds of it.. Strange considering your so much higher than us..

Author:  veggie boy [ Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Vetiver, lemon grass, comfrey and arrowroot, pigeon pea

I remembered to take a couple of pictures of things discussed in earlier post - so here they are:

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File comment: This is two clumps of east indian lemongrass that I have at the top of the bank that is at the back of my veggie patch. In a couple of months these will have masses of seed heads I'd expect.
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File comment: This is some east indian lemongrass that forms a back border at one end of my veggie patch. I will end up removing it and replacing with arrowroot, which is what I have for most of the back border.
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File comment: This is the start of the border I will be making at the front of my veggie patch. It is east indian lemongrass with comfrey in front of it (have only put a couple of comfrey in so far).
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Author:  veggie boy [ Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:17 pm ]
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Some more:

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File comment: This shot shows a lot of the arrowroot border to my garden patch.
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File comment: My garden patch has hardly anything productive in it at the moment. I am in the process of removating it. The bare area that can be seen has been sheet mulched (newspaper on bottom to stop weeds comign through). The mulch you can see is stuff from my yard put through mulcher. Was in a pile but the chooks have seen to that. Behind it you can see arrowroot and in front to left a rogue sweet potato vine.
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File comment: This picture shows my original west indian lemongrass clump. From this I have grown all the plants I need for my garden border and I'll soon remove this whole clump to make room for other plants. Behind the lemongrass you will see asparagus and behind that arrowroot.
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Author:  dufflight [ Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:20 pm ]
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Comfrey is great to propagate. I dug up one and turned it into 30+.

Author:  veggie boy [ Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Vetiver, lemon grass, comfrey and arrowroot, pigeon pea

Last year I made a 15 metre border from 2 plants :-). A lot of those died in the dry of summer, but that's cool by me as I now want to move the border to in front of the lemongrass hedge and further away from my gardens. I still have about 10 or 15 plants to break up for the new border, so that will be heaps and heaps to get a nice quick border going. Would have been great if I could have got to that today as it is raining here this week and would be a great time to get them settled, but alas, I did not :bash:

Author:  chillidude [ Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:25 am ]
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Great looking garden VB :thumb:

Author:  veggie boy [ Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:03 pm ]
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Thanks Chilli - but in reality I really have nothing productive in it at the moment, so I need to really pull my finger out. I'd let the garden really go when we had no water tanks and they'd put the sever water restrictions in place. Have had the tanks installed for well over a year now (after having sat on their sides for nearly 2 :bash: ), so really no excuses now. I just seem to be so time poor these days. What I really need is a big floody so I can do work at this sort of time at night after I get home from work.

Author:  chillidude [ Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:04 am ]
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veggie boy wrote:
I just seem to be so time poor these days. What I really need is a big floody so I can do work at this sort of time at night after I get home from work.

Yep, I can relate to that one very easily. Very frustrating only getting to work on my aquaponics system on the weekends - seems to be taking forever. And consumes the whole weekend.

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