First Plants in the Ground

With all the wet weather we have been having recently, I decided to bite the bullet and get some long term plants in the ground. I got myself one of each and I will propagate from them. I got them from Shipard's Nursery in Nambour, the nursery of the late Isabell Shipard who wrote so many great herb books. Her family still run the business.

The plants I got and the reasons why were:

QLD Arrowroot - edible root and quick growing carbon species
Citronella grass - to grow along the front deck and repel mosquitoes
Curry leaf tree - for cooking the leaves
Lemon Grass - for cooking and teas
Mugwort - quick growing, easy to propagate carbon species. Acts as the 'lantana' substitute in the food forest and is easy to chop and drop
Neem tree - to make organic insecticides in the future if desired
Vetiver grass - to provide a barrier from the neighbours runner lawns and add privacy
Asiatic yam - edible root
Cassava - edible root
Moringa - high protein fodder, planted near intended chicken enclosure
Icecream bean - food forest establishing species, nitrogen fixer
Passionfruit - grow along front fence to add privacy
Pinto peanut - grow under trees as nitrogen fixer. Planted under existing avocados
Candlestick tree (Senna alata) - nitrogen fixer for food forest
Betel leaf - edible leaf for vietnamese cuisine

All of these species are easy to propagate and will be my initial starters. Can't wait to have them growing more and to do some propagation in the future!

We have also been completing a path from the front door to prevent mud and gravel from getting on the front deck. Here is what it looks like so far.

Since we have had over 300mL of rain over the past 2 weeks I am very glad we put in a couple of hours on that hot day a few weeks ago to start it. The wood chip was from our own trees and the pavers were left here by the previous owner. I pressure washed them before laying them down and I think they look great. The path will look like this right up to the driveway to the left and up the centre of the future garden into the chicken area.

I have also completed the base map for our property. It is good to finally get it down on paper. I have started working on the design for the front yard so we can get some essential elements in. I hope to start putting them in soon.

Until next time,



  1. We bought some Qld Arrowroot from Green Harvest a few years ago and it has gone crazy, especially with the recent rain. We really need to dig some of it out as it is growing over a pathway. LOL!

  2. That's good to hear Nanna Chel! That's exactly what I want!

  3. I can feel your excitement! A lot of what you've got, also grows here, and we probably get less rainfall than you. So they should do really well as a reliable source of chop and drop material. The Moringa is also a nitrogen fixer. Mine are only seedlings at this stage, but they seem to be hardy in pots.

    An additional plant we grow here, and should do well for you, as protein fodder for the chicken run, is pigeon pea. I also use this as a chop and drop mulch. The king parrots seem to love feasting on them, as well.

    I like your list of plants, and look forward to seeing how they grow. :)

    1. We get an average of 2000mm per year! The Moringa seems pretty useful. We have got some pigeon pea seedling started so it will be a few weeks before we get them in the ground. We got seeds from a friend so it was worth raising from seed. I plan on putting them everywhere while we get set up!

  4. That's a great list of starter plants! Last year, I put in some Qld Arrowroot, I scored a $5 pot from city farm nursery and divided that up before planting. All resulting plants doing well. I also planted clumps of lemongrass and they currently need good chopping back. I'm going to use it as a loose mulch in areas of our garden. You've certainly done a lot of work on your property. It's looking good! Meg

    1. I managed to get 4 Qld Arrowroots from the one pot which I am happy with. Thanks for the lovely comment!

  5. Moringa is also a fantastic "human" food plant. Go to the and then to their database and look up Moringa - it has many uses for both people, animals and the environment. Cheers Lyndie

    1. Thanks for the resource Lyndie, I will definitely check it out!


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