kaffir lime

Street food comes to Lewisham

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The first sign goes out on the nature strip, more to come
The first sign goes out on the nature strip, more to come

We’ve been steadily planting out on the nature strip. First the bay tree that moved with us from the old unit. Then a kaffir lime, and two dwarf lemon trees. Finally a lemon-scented tea tree.

Yes, this is guerilla gardening, but not just for our own selfish benefit. From the outset, the aim has been to put out plants that can be harvested by the locals as they wander by (perhaps the lemons break this rule).

So this afternoon, the first “street food” sign went out onto the nature strip. We hope to start a local movement, copying what has been done on Myrtle St in Chippendale. Now we see whether it’s harvested to death, or gently pruned…

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…