Gardening

Horseradish Armoracia rusticana

Origin: Europe, western Asia
Horseradish was one of the first edibles I put in the ground at our place. It seemed familiar on the long list of then unfamiliar plants I could experiment with. That was four years ago. A friend rang recently asking if I had some horseradish he could have. I said sure! But I wouldn’t know how much useful horseradish root there would be until we pulled some up as this would be the first harvest. Over the years it had spread a little from the original plant to produce some satellites. The ground it’s in is quite harsh and it’s never been given any food or mulch so I was surprised it had done as well as it has. The rhizomes were small and hard but there was a few to be had. I’m looking forward to giving this plant some more attention to produce usable rhizomes for the kitchen. As well as the more obvious culinary attributes of horseradish there are many therapeutic uses worth investigating too. Start your horseradish patch with a rhizome. It does well in the wet season. It’s a very hardy plant with long leaves that can grow up to half a metre coming from a centre rosette. There is also a pretty flower. The grasshoppers seem to enjoy the leaves, though the plant has coped through that assault too.

 

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

Seedsavers

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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