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June in Dan, Amanda, & Ciela’s Garden, Melbourne, Australia
by Dan Palmer
A few weeks ago, Dan and Ciela took a stroll around the garden and checked out the choko…
…the chilli-bean Apricot trellis…
Thanks! A lovely way to learn, that! ;o)
Thank you Dan. As a fellow Melbournian, each of your clips has inspired me to do something and has given me ideas to work on.
Actually, I recently moved to a more rural setting in the mountains north of Melbourne and I have in my garden a mature grapefruit tree which somehow survived the 2008 Victorian bush fires while most of the rest of the garden was burnt out at that time but has also since recovered. The grapefruit tree has not fruited very prolifically since then and it’s foliage is still showing some stress. I will try the nasturtium and pumpkin guild that you have used so successfully.
I had no idea that Choko grew the way you have described and I must get my hands on one for my garden.
A lot of young deciduous trees in my garden were cut down, presumably at the time of the fires, and they have since coppiced. Your apricot tree trellis idea has given me thoughts on how to possibly make use of that situation.
For some years, since I became aware that there may come a time and situation where we will need to be able to live off our own resources and may even be forced to abandon and move away from whatever permaculture based site that we have previously relied on for our sustenance, I have as part of my survival plans been interested in the possibility of using edible weeds as a food source. I did cultivate a number of such plants (dandelion, purslane) at my previous address and your edible weeds corner has reminded me that I need to take this a stage further in my current situation. Not only that , but I see the need to be able recognise by sight many more such plants in the wild. I have found Isobel Shipard’s book ‘How can I be prepared with Self-Sufficiency and survival foods?’ to be quite helpful in this regard but there are so many different and similar looking wild plants that gaining practical and valid knowledge in the field, especially for someone with a mainly suburban background, is not an easy task. So much work to do, and, the way things are shaping up, potentially so little time.
Thanks again for showing us your valuable garden ideas.
Good to see your goofy self plastered across the screen. Lucky you’ve got a gorgeous sidekick these days. On that note, where do you hang your nappies dude? :)
You forgot to mention yourself as part of the grapefruit guild, no doubt regularly watering with the liquid gold.
Anyone who lives in Melbourne, if you want a great edible garden and don’t have the time, get yourselves and friends onto Dan and crew.
All the best mate and nice work in the garden, Cam
Another use for that marvellous Australian icon, the Hills Hoist, I’m gonna look for a few for my backyard, if you can grow chokos on them surely the grapes,, kiwi fruit, passionfruit and a hundred other vines would do ok too. Top Idea
Hi all, glad these clips have been handy. Right on all counts Cam, couldn’t have done it without my sidekick (hope your sidekicks are thriving btw), and several times a day I spend a quality minute or so bonding with the grapefruit ;-). As for where we hang our nappies, I should have said we have had to switch over to choko leaves, which are surprisingly absorbent (Before anyone sues me for giving their baby a rash that’s a joke). Bernie and Deano if you do get some chokos growing when you’re sick of eating them straight try choko chutney – it’s the bomb.
There is no way I could get Gene to nibble Nasturtium. What about you Cam? Yarrow down with bitterness yet?
Just don’t let her at the stinging nettle! Edie gave that a go once – not pretty!
Na Nathan, we only use Nasturtium for what it’s good for – Mulch!
I’m envious! I’m going to give choko a try this year.
Pumpin leaves are also a really good green to eat, although you have to pick them while they are relatively young… the larger, older leaves are bitter. Young pumpkin leaves are a very common food in parts of Asia and Africa.
They say the choko leaves are good eating too, although I can’t speak from personal experience.
Hey that was really good. Do you also know that rare chokos are fabulous as a salad vegetable. I cut them into little shoestrings and toss with the salad. They are really crunchy, a bit like apple and very sweet. Yum!