I like gardening before work. Especially at the moment, when the early morning is the coolest time of the waking day. So this morning I was out weeding and fertilising and examining the state of the patch. Then it was time to plant.
Here are my seedlings soaking in preparation. I have been propagating native plants alongside my vegetable, flower and herb seedlings. It’s a bit more random because it’s harder to get good advice about when and what to plant. I am gathering seed of plants that look plausible and happen to be seeding or fruiting and seeing what sprouts. The simplest thing for me to grow is ruby saltbush . I am not sure if it is objectively easy to sprout, or if it is just that I run my propagating system in a way that favours it. Here’s a full grown one in our back yard. It has magenta berries about the size of a currant. Currently, almost none are ripe.
These ruby saltbush were planted only a week or so ago!
These little ones are sea-berry saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana). I harvested a lot of seed last summer, which is good–because so far these are not ripe anywhere I have seen them growing. The cool summer has slowed down the fruiting cycle.
This morning I also planted a couple of little low-growing daisy plants. Here are some I planted months back that have begun to spread. They have tiny flowers (yes, these plants are in flower) and they are seeding already. Some Australian plants are opportunists–these ones have been regularly watered and clearly they are making seeds while conditions are right. Judging by the ones in our garden, they can flower and seed for months of the year. I think they are Woolly New Holland Daisy (Vittadinia gracilis).
I also planted something that looked suspiciously like New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragoniodes)–I didn’t try to sprout it but I am growing it in the vegie patch and a good part of my potting mix is sieved soil from the chicken run, so seed sharing happens… and it is a very hardy ground cover! I seem to have a volunteer indigofera australis in my propagating system too, no doubt because the indigoferas are growing beside my pots! Then it was back to the garden at home…
In the last few days I finally discovered why this plant is called ‘strawberry spinach’. I bought it at the local community garden but had been wondering about the name for quite a while! These fruits went from green to red very quickly indeed. So spectacular!
And… a little harvesting before breakfast to finish. I do love rhubarb!