We grew tomatoes in a wicking bed over summer so I've planted it with a winter crop of Wild Rocket and Broad Beans. The latter add nitrogen to the soil whilst CSIRO experiments have shown that Wild Rocket fumigates soil that has been previously had tomatoes growing in it. Wild Rocket is more efficient than Mustard which is sold by some outlets as a natural soil fumigant.
10 May 2016
Our Cara Cara Oranges are ripening! Cara Cara is a cross between Blood Orange and Washington Navel. It has the sweetness of the Navel (possibly sweeter) and the flesh of the Blood Orange. This will be our first crop. We actually had 10 oranges two years ago but a branch broke from a tree, hit the top of a second tree and that fell on the Cara Cara taking off only the branches with the ripening oranges. It has taken the tree two years to recover so I hope we have better luck this year.
04 December 2015
There are 105 or so species of Crinum lilies of which 4 are native to Australia. This one has been grown from one that has been in my family since about 1955 when my parents moved into the house where Lance Hill made the first Hills Hoist so it's possible that he or his wife planted it there. I suspect it's Crinum moorei which is a South African species. These are very easy to grow and this particular species ends up producing enormous bulbs which can sit on top of soil and send down roots. I've had one clump sitting on gravel and ignored for months and it's beginning to flower!
03 December 2015
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02 October 2015
This plant looks like it was designed by a committee that started with a potato, decided that it should grow leaves like lambs ears (on stalks) and then have tubular flowers like a cestrum! Native to Brazil where it grows at high altitudes, Sinningia leucotricha, is commonly called Brazilian Edelweiss. It thrives on neglect. This one sits in our kitchen window where it gets filtered sun all day and it gets watered occasionally. It might need repotting one of these years but we've had it 3 years and it's still in the original pot.