Possible Nursery Planting Layouts

alt text

Planting layouts in a nursery can be varied and in any style that an owner chooses. Some are streamlined for mechanisation with row width corresponding with tyre track width, for one example. As long as you give a plant room to grow in a sunny position, each ‘mother’ clump should provide you with a significant number of slips (propagation pieces) during later division.

Read more

Greywater Reedbed Yearly Biochar Replacement

With the cold of Winter nearly upon us, the annual Biochar removal from the reedbed is conducted as the Vetiver has stopped growing for the year. With the cold weather comes lower char/soil temperatures and reduced biological activity which is hopefully negated by the replacement of ‘fresh’ char until the temperature improves. A ‘good’ reedbed needs to be removing the nitrates/phosphates and Vetiver does not grow well during Winter dormancy thereby possibly not converting nitrogen and phosphorus into green matter fast enough.

alt text

Read more

Protecting Trees From Damage

Vetiver Grass can be used as borders to plantings but they also can supply other benefits. Seen here is a recent application of Vetiver hedges being used to protect a line of Albizia lebbeck pollards from getting hit with a mower deck during errant operation. As the Albizia will be cut back on a yearly/bi-yearly cycle, the shade should not have a negative effect on the hedge. The Vetiver will be cut for mulch and it will be placed in the internal area to reduce competition from the pasture grasses.

alt text

Read more