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On one level I understand that gardens are about change.  On another level it is taking me a bit to come to terms with removing the large Brazilian vine this week.  Our neighbour has requested that we remove it as it is breaking up our shared fence and threatening to overwhelm her garden – fair enough.

I have however become very fond of this really too enormous member of the backyard farm – not because it produces anything edible – but because of the enormous number of parrots that hang out in the vine at this time of the year.  The bees will also miss such a splendid and close source of pollen.

 

The death of a giant.

The death of a giant.

 

The current plan is to remove all of the vine and as much of the root as possible and then plant fruit trees along the fence line – which is a very cunning plan.  Cirtus trees seem to do well on these sandy soils so I’m going to investigate espaliered orange trees.  Our Desert Blood Lime (an Australian Native grafted onto european rootstock) has graciously pumped out one lime this winter – wow – clearly I am supernaturally talented with the citrus!

 

Desert Blood Lime

Desert Blood Lime

 

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Artichoke is…nom, nom, nom…very good, nom, nom. Can’t type – eating… nom, nom, nom.

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Our first ever artichoke

pc2200061This is the first artichoke I’ve ever grown and as soon as I google it, and find out how, it will be the first we have ever eaten.  Yee Harrr!

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Basil

Sprinkled Basil seeds into pots of dark damp soil, pressed them gently into the dirt.  I thought a lot about pesto and tomato salad and tomato, basil and cream cheese smashed together.  Let’s hope that I’ve planted the seeds soon enough to be ready once the tomatoes are ripe!

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Amaranth

Yet well I ken the banks where Amaranths blow,
Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.
Bloom, O ye Amaranths! bloom for whom ye may,
For me ye bloom not! Glide, rich streams, away!  Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1825)


Tomorrow I’m going to sow some Amaranth – very exciting as I’ve never grown it before or eaten it. Amaranth is apparently a very easy plant to grow, heat tolerant, with green leaves that can be used in salads or steamed like spinach and then at the end of the season large seed heads of edible grain. 

I’ve read that Amaranth was important in Aztec ceremonies, where images of their gods were made with amaranth mixed with honey – very romantic.  In honor of the Aztecs I will eat chocolate as I plant the seeds in a hot spot in the garden.  Let’s hope it really is a fool proof plant – and that it will bloom for me.

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