Wagga Flora

New seed/plant order

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I have, for the better part of 12 months started getting stuck in to gardening. I have always loved being outside (I go stir crazy all cooped up indoors for longer than a half-a-day). Since we moved to Marrar, bought a block of land, and built a house two and a half years ago I haven’t gotten as much done as I would have liked (two kids will do that for you). I have built some garden beds, grown a few things over the few seasons I have been able to, but now I really want to get stuck in…

I am not much of a ‘flower’ gardener. I am definitely of the cut it, dig it, pick it and eat it type of gardener. I need to get more flower savvy however; as I note that mixing ‘fruit & veg’ in with the ‘flowers’ is likely to produce better results from more pollinators and beneficial insects. We learn by doing I suppose. Anyway… Just itemized below is my latest seed orders with what I intend to do with them;

Diggers (Australia)

I am expecting to build the vegetable patch up with a bit of color. Also to mix flowers and vegetables together a bit more. Many of these plants above will not just be vege-patch plants, but also give year round color to flower beds.

Australian Seed

Outback Chef

I just love Australian ‘native’ bushfoods, these will join what is already in my garden. I currently have Native Currant, Lily Pily (Dwarf Creek & Rain Cherry), Midyim Berry, Silver wattle, Macadamia bush nut, Davidson plum, Fingerlime and Burdekin plum in the garden (all sourced from Daleys).

Whitehouse Nursery

  • Vienna Gold Hops
  • Tettnanger Hops
  • Golden Cluster Hops
  • Hallertauer Hops

Citrus Men

It will take a few years yet, but it will be a fabulous array of native, indigenous and anglicized food coming from the garden. This season I managed to grow hops for my beer thanks to white house nursery (previously only had Pride of Ringwood in, now expanding) and many heirloom veges thanks to the lost seed.

Wagga Flora: Cultural Notes

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One of the things I am eager to do is to ensure that not just the environmental or ecological notes are added to the Wagga Flora website, but also that a number of cultural notes are included to provide a really rounded resource. I have begun doing this with the first page being Butterbush (Pittosporum angustifolium). Each page where the plant has specific known cultural purposes will include the Wiradjuri name (as the traditional custodians of the land in which the site details), the plants known utility (or how it can be used), notes on the use as traditional food source (if applicable) and notes on other and medicinal uses if records show.

Each of these new sections are included based upon a number of different sources, and as such the language is very careful. For instance, not all Wiradjuri groups consulted in previous literature consider Butterbush (Pittosporum angustifolium) to be an aphrodisiac, or, if it was, that knowledge was not shared or known and therefore cannot be expressed as being a single use by all groups across Wiradjuri Garray (land).

Similarly as these are cultural notes on a principally scientific website, the wording is similarly careful not to express that things ARE edible, only that groups did eat it. I am seeking grants to undertake toxicology reports to scientifically confirm (what I suspect Wiradjuri groups know) but so that we can be more explicit in specific uses… maybe we will find the next ‘superfood‘.