Vetiver in the Vegetable Garden

We too use Vetiver in many ways. 

Since Vetiver is a soil powerhouse, planting clumps 90 cm apart among the vegetables is a great way to harness the way Vetiver draws up water from below into the topsoil layer and to encourage microbiology while confusing, via push or pull, any ravenous insects. 

Our plantings are taken from past experiments with clay pot irrigation. That's the layout logic rather than the more common approach of ringing beds with Vetiver hedges.

As the Vetiver grows you can harvest it for mulch or deploy it as structural support for rambling crops like cucumbers, tomatillos and tomatoes.  

We plant annuals right up to the base of the growing Vetiver slip. the only drawback we've found is that large-leafed squashes -- like pumpkins -- will shade the Vetiver and slow its growth when the vines overrun. 

Vetiver is also great in the chook pen. Cut and used for bedding,  Vetiver will keep lice and flies down and later be an enriched mulch to spread over the vegetable growing beds as it will capture and absorb chicken manure.