Second planting into the nature strip

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Kaffir lime planted into the nature strip
Kaffir lime planted into the nature strip

Our plan has generally been to put things into the nature strip that provide edible leaves, rather than fruit. That way the plants should be better able to withstand the local (encouraged) harvesting.

The bay tree was an obvious choice. Then the topic of kaffir limes came up in conversation with our next door neighbours, and we knew what had to go in next! A few weekends ago we sourced one from a local nursery, dug a deep hole into the clay soil, and bedded the tree into a whole bag of cow manure.

It seems very happy. It’s even started fruiting already, although I think the extremely bitter fruit are an acquired taste…

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4 thoughts on “Second planting into the nature strip

    biggreencoat said:
    July 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Great idea. I might walk around and pick some myself! perhaps you should put some tags on the plants so people know what they are.

      James responded:
      July 19, 2009 at 10:32 am

      Yes, the plan is definitely to put labels on each plant, with a clear “pick me!” message. But we thought it was prudent to let them get some serious spring growth on them first…

      In the meantime, drop by for a cup of tea and pick some leaves on the way 🙂

    Dorje McKinnon said:
    July 20, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Great work James,

    Spent the weekend up to my elbows in clay pulling / digging out 30 year old weed roots from the bank at the back of the house. Wish I’d taken a before photo, you could almost walk from the top of the bank onto the roof of the house on the old mans beard and ivy. Now the sun get’s to shine in – may even plant some strawberry suckers to take advantage of the sun 🙂

    DorjeM

    Alex Manchester said:
    July 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I think you’re on to a community winner here, James. Did you know a 20g pack of Lime leaves costs over $4 in Coles or Woolworths? !

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