Kitchen Garden Vetiver


 Q:Why spend so much valuable garden space growing Vetiver?

A: If you check out the research, Vetiver is a soil enhancer, push pull insect driver and source of on hand cut mulch. It acts as a wind break. Can be deployed for shading or as support for rambling plants like tomatoes.
It also serves as a hydraulic pump drawing up moisture to the topsoil.


This section should really say:

Instead of:
"The good thing about moving hedges about is that the enriching roots will stay put as you only harvest just below the crown.
In this way vetiver shifted about a plot acts a sort of green mulch."

When it should have been written:

"In this way vetiver shifted about a plot acts a sort of green MANURE."

Further Notes:
Not listed re perennial greens: Gynura procumbens or ‘longevity spinach.
Re Names/species:
Bitter Leaf is Vernonia amygdalina. Aibika is Abelmoschus manihot formerly Hibiscus manihot. Chaya is Cnidoscolus chayamansa or Cnidoscolus aconitifolius.

Advantages:
*All of these plants except Moringa readily grow from cuttings and we hope to start selling cheap cuttings once we establish them.
*The leaf when prepared mixed has a massive nutritional hit such that we dry them and grind them into leaf powder for everyday use and future sale. Chaya needs to be cooked before drying and grinding.

 


Scurvy weed: Commelina cyanea, commonly known as scurvy weed, is a perennial prostrate herb of the family Commelinaceae native to moist forests and woodlands of eastern Australia. While edible, it can be very weedy -- but it s a quick fire way to cover bare earth.
We find it easily removed -- because of its shallow roots -- by raking. Poultry will eat it keenly. Crushed by foot traffic, it can be re-used as a mulch. Great resource for making weed (manure) teas.