Jobs Tears Coix lacryma-jobi

Origin Southeast Asia

A medicinal clumping grass with attractive flowers and seeds this plant is an easy one to grow here in Cairns. Isabell Shippard (www.HerbsareSpecial) says it grows to a metre but while I’ve never seen anything like that, it survives well enough through both the wet and the dry.
The seeds really are nice. I haven’t tried to thread them yet; they can be used for bead work. In Southeast Asia the seeds are eaten young or ground to produce a flour when mature. Seeds, leaves and roots can be used medicinally.
Propagation by seed! Or root division.


Kaffir Lime  – Citrus hystrix

Origin India, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand

I’ve separated kaffir lime from the ‘citrus’ in List One. Kaffir lime does bear fruit but they’re not really edible – more ornamental in the fruit bowl. We have this tree for the leaves. Throw a leaf of two into your next curry or chop a leaf for tea. Leaves can be frozen too. A bag of leaves makes a perfect gift for a friend who likes cooking!
As with most fruit trees this one can grow big too. And, as with most citrus you can grow it successfully in a big pot. Move over ornamentals – this tree is not only very attractive but also useful.

Jo Martin, Grow Food Plant in Cairns, FNQ


We’ve been having some drier weather and some cooler nights between the glorious winter days, still a wonderful time to get out in the garden doing lots of planting and mulching. as we ease into springtime so many plants blossom into gloriousness – try some of these over September, October and November – let Seedsavers know how you go, and if you grow organically, and can save seeds (from the pick of the crop) let us know, or come to a seedsavers meeting near you to access our organic, non-hybrid, non-gmo, locally-grown seedbank… happy gardening!

aibika, amaranth, globe artichoke, asian greens (bokchoy/pakchoy/tatsoi/wong bok etc),  arrowroot, bamboo, bananas, beans (climbing/bush/french/winged/snake/madagascar/mung), beetroot, burdock, capsicum, carrots, cassava, celeriac, celery, ceylon spinach, chicory, chilli, chinese cabbage, chives, choko, collards, cowpeas, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, endives, eschallots, galangal, garlic, gooseberries, ginger, horse-radish, kale, kang-kong, kohl rabi, leeks, lettuce, tree lettuce, tropical lettuce, luffa, maize, marrow, mizuna, malabar greens, moringa, mulberry, mustard greens, new guinea bean (edible gourd), okra, pawpaw, peanuts, pigeon pea, pinto peanut, pumpkin, radish, rocket, rockmelon, rosellas, salsify, schallots, silverbeet, spring onions, strawberries, squash, swedes, sweetleaf, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, taro/coco-yam, tomatillos, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, warrigal greens, waterleaf, watermelon, yacon, yam and zucchini ~  herbs, flowers and wild-plants ~ angelica, arrowhead, basil, borage, chives, coriander, garlic chives, dill, fennel, lemon balm, lemongrass, mint, mushroom plant, oregano, papalo (mexican coriander), parsley, purslane, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, french tarragon, thai coriander, thyme, turmeric, lemongrass, don’t forget the pollinators ~ allysum, begonia, cosmos, marigold, nasturtium, petunias,  portulaca, salvias, summer savoury, sunflowers, zinnias…

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