Natasha Abrahams wrote:Nathaniel, indeed this system is great to get your trees off to a flying start. Moringa sulks a bit in the winter here but you inspire me to find some seed and try again.
Natasha Abrahams wrote:Nathaniel for understory my favourite is rose geranium, simply because it copes with our very difficult climate, yields high amounts of biomass for minute amounts of work, and can be used for the soaps. Its leaves can be used in cooking to flavour cakes and in a cordial.
Natasha Abrahams wrote:Tried pigeon pea once but the snails ate it in the winter. You make it sound so good I feel like trying it again with more care this time.
F Agricola wrote:When I was in Papua New Guinea up in the Highland villages, a few of them had outdoor showers contained within a banana and bamboo grove, surrounded with nasturtium plants. A rough timber platform stopped muddy feet and a wooden/bamboo door attached to one of the mature bamboo stems provided privacy - it was impossible to see into or out of the grove, in fact, it needed a light!
Water was diverted from roofs into a steel water tank that was placed uphill - gravity fed water. Some were from an uphill spring using poly-pipe.
The bamboo was used for construction, cooking (like a steamer) and the young shoots eaten. The bananas and nasturtiums were used as snack food. (Best bananas I've ever had.) Also, they grew coffee bushes in the nearby moist soil.
Chris Wang wrote:How much water do the bananas and papaya need? I thought they needed a lot of water, but have never tried growing them in drier places.