Dear Diggers (Autumn Fruit 2016)

Contributions and feedback from our readers following the Autumn Fruit Garden 2016 issue.

Home grown!

Dear Diggers Club, this is a photo of the very first cucumber I picked from my Double Yield vine. Almost 2 months later, it's nearly time to cut the vine out; I think I'll probably manage to harvest just another 5 or 6 fruit from it. Almost all the fruit I've picked has looked like this first one, and this astonishing single vine has given me (plus neighbours and friends) a total of 109 scrumptious, crisp cucumbers, thus far! VERY impressive! Regards, Linda M.

The weed police and colonising plants

Dear Clive, from reading your magazine it appears that getting rid of weeds is a major concern of most gardeners; they also present opportunities, many weeds can be a source of food or medicine such as dandelion, purslane, nettle, willow herb, chickweed. Many vegetables and herbs are also self-sowing if you let them.

Only the really undesirable weeds should be removed by cutting their stems, leaving the roots in the ground, which in time will provide a network of aeration channels when dead, in the case of leguminous plants such as clover, cutting at the start of flowering will also leave nitrogen nodules in the ground.

The cut weeds can be deposited between the crop plants to provide a light mulch. This will decrease the amount of sunlight reaching the soil and reduce evaporation, but will still be penetrable to water from rain and irrigation. So learn to identify all the plants that appear above the ground. Yours sincerely, Hans P.

Dear Hans, I agree entirely that weeds are vital in bringing carbon down to earth and that a weed to some is a useful plant to others, such as herbalists etc. I agree that decapitating stems and leaving roots in the ground is just plain good sense.
We do not list any plant without checking its weed prohibition listing, which of course varies in different climates. For example in northern Victoria Italian Lavender is regarded as a weed but it actually occupies arid ground that would be bare otherwise.
Our belief at Diggers is that climate heating is now so rapid and potentially catastrophic that our highest priority should be to ensure that ground is never bare and, using energy from the sun to photosynthesise, we need fast growing ground covers such as Pink Evening Primrose or Sun Rose Aptenia, or Miscanthus gigantia to grow biomass urgently and eliminate annual crop tilling and burning stubble.
I would draw the line at saving rampant plants, like wild Blackberries for instance, but we need to reorder our priorities because the current weed policies are working against our urgent long term needs.
We would love to hear from our members on this issue.
Best wishes, Clive.

Amazing Tree Poppies!

Dear Diggers Club, here are my amazing Californian Tree Poppies bought from The Diggers Club two years ago. I think Esperance agrees with them! Kind regards, Amanda T.

Nature Strip Wildflowers

The Diggers Club, we would like to let you know how pleased we are with the Wildflower Summer Meadow Mix, which we sowed into our nature strip at the front of our home. We have had many compliments from people passing by, who often comment on how the sight of so much colour lifts their spirits. Many thanks, Karl and Eileen B.

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