Last week in Ligaya Garden #4

So much is happening, both here and out in the big world that we thought it worth doing a little catchup every Sunday and publish it on a Monday, Oz time. All of the posts will be listed here on this page for your elucidation and convenience. Spring is edging its way closer every day and the garden’s going crazy. Buds, blossoms and leaves are everywhere you look. We lost a couple of plants to the cold and a couple more are suffering but I think will pull through. Those lost were young Tamarinds. That was a pricey loss but you can’t always. I love the way that deciduous plants, especially young trees can look like dead sticks for most of the season, then, when you’re not looking, burst forth in flowers! -The aquaponics has seen a few fish deaths. I think this is due to lack of oxygen in the cold water at night. I’ve extended the frequency and

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A tale of roadside lust…

Can you feel the love in this picture? The couple in the photo were just ‘getting it on’ regardless of the hundreds of passers-by. I often say that ‘gardening is all about sex’. That’s not just true about gardening but the whole of nature and this couple definitely agree! What am I talking about? Not the nude frolickers you may have been looking for but the two Sheoaks by the roadsides. As you look at the picture, the tree on the right of the road, with the orange colouration, is the boy and the darker tree on the left of the road is the girl. Both are in full flower and pollinating like crazy! I couldn’t capture the puffs of pollen that the boy was sharing with his lover but if you were there, closer, you could see them. We can tell that they’ve been together before, the roadside was littered with old cones and many were still on the

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Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) 

​Family: Solanaceae Habitat: Forest margins, woodland edges Description and uses: Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) is one of the amazing Solanum family which gives us so much of our food and lots of our medicines.  It’s a bushy plant that grows to around 3 metres tall down this way but may be bigger elsewhere.  Kangaroo Apple has deeply lobed or toothed leaves and purple flowers in the familiar Solanum shape.  The most interesting part of a Kangaroo Apple plant is the orange fruit.  Note: only eat the ripe, orange fruit. Unripe or green ones will get you pretty sick.  When the fruit is orange it’s ready to eat. I have been recommended allowing it to ripen to the point where the skin splits before eating too.  Besides being a tasty bushfoods, Kangaroo Apple leaves and fruit have some interesting medicinal properties.  They leaves and unripe fruit contain a toxic chemical called Solsadine which is used for the production of cortisone based contraceptives, so don’t

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Food Underfoot 2018

We’ll its time for the Woodstock of Gawler amateur herbalism, Food Underfoot! On Sept 23rd at 11ish, I’ll be taking a foraging walk through Henry Chenoweth Reserve in Gawler where we will take a look at the seasonal, local, food and medicinal herbs available. Last year, if I remember correctly, we looked at Chickweed, Dandelion, Catsear, Fumitory, Black Berry Nightshade, Plantain, Petty Spurge, Nettles, Nasturtium, Sow Thistle, Milk Thistle, Castor Oil Plant, Green Amaranth, Goose foot, Wild Lettuce and Storksbill. We discussed their food value, medicinal uses, history and environmental value. It was all pretty good. Henry Chenoweth Reserve is along the South Para River, between the Gawler Community House and The Elderly Center. It’s probably best to park in the Elderly Center car park, cross the foot bridge and meet at the seating in the pic above. From there we’ll wander and frolic to our heart’s content. One note – Gawler Council contractors do spray in this reserve. That

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