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Roots and Perennials Planting Days in Early Summer

pigeon peas

It’s a roots and perennials planting day today, but it is also a work day, and in the countdown towards the Christmas holidays, work days are stretching at both ends.

So I stuck a few carrots, beets and spring onions in the ground this morning before work   using my usual system and blessed the fact that I have a  garden with stamina.   This afternoon, I shall use some of my already made potting mix (and thank myself for having made a compost pile  and stockpiled some creek sand) to plant another round of seed of them all. It took half an hour this morning, and it will take just half an hour tonight. It’s what I love about using a lunar calendar, that it gives me a reason to avoid putting it off and just do at least a minimal amount of planting even in crazy busy times.  I will be so glad I did in a couple of months time.

pigeon peas growingI’ll also plant out these pigeon pea seeds.  Pigeon peas grow really well here in northern NSW.  They’re a straggly, semi perennial bush that lives for about seven or eight years. They fix nitrogen in the soil, and bear a fairly decent crop of seeds that make great dhal and good chook food.

But the wallabies love them. At one stage we planted a whole acre of them on our stony hillside and over their lifetime they turned the soil from barely growing tussock grass to orchard.  But once the wallabies had identified them as food, we were never able to plant them again outside the fencing.

So now I carefully raise seedlings in the shadehouse in pots until they are 30 cm or so tall, then plant them out with wire surrounding and try to get them above wallaby height. They are worth it though.  When the zombocalypse hits, they are one of the plants we can depend upon.


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  • Kate December 13, 2011, 1:29 pm

    I agree, when we first started the market garden the extent of the jobs waiting to be done each day got quite overwhelming, but by using a planting calendar it sets out for us what plants to concentrate on each day and thus helps to organise and prioritise our time. We are also trying to grow Pigeon pea here but it gets a bit knocked around during winter, but we will persevere due to all the reasons you have mentioned.

  • Linda December 14, 2011, 8:33 pm

    Zombocalypse?! I’ve not heard this term?

  • Casey Lewis December 14, 2011, 9:56 pm

    YES!!! I love that I’ve convinced you of the need for zombocalypse awareness and preparation mother. So, when are we going crossbow shopping?

  • Linda December 15, 2011, 8:58 am

    Hi Linda, It’s a term I learned from my grown-up son and his friends. Think the cult movie “Shaun of the Dead”. It’s tongue in cheek and funny, but I think it has an undertone. It’s a way this next generation are talking about what surviving would be like if civilization collapsed, without getting all survivalist about it. It’s interesting.

  • Jane December 7, 2012, 6:31 pm

    Hi Linda, we’ve based our mandala food garden on your wonderful, informative book and we’re now loving harvesting our delicious fruit and vegies after a couple of ‘learning curve’ years. We are keen to use the pigeon peas to make Toor Dal but we’re unsure how to split the peas – any advice you could give would be most appreciated. Thanks!

  • Linda December 7, 2012, 8:05 pm

    Hi Jane, I don’t split them – I just pod them and cook them whole.

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