In Production Today

We currently have an abundance of crops in production today in our 400 square metre back garden. SE Queensland’s dams are just over 80% empty, but we’ve got sufficient recycled water to garden satisfactorily in winter. And using our own recycled water means that we can still use a hose.

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The coffee has produced its first crop – and I’ve sown a batch. If you’re wondering how Blue pea, Clitorea ternatea found its way into the menu – we’ve had such a warm autumn this summer flower has kept on going. Clitorea’s blue flowers are used as a food dye. Kids love blue rice…I’m looking forward to surprising Jeff and Damo…

Roots and tubers

Arrowroot, Canna edulis
Winged yam, Dioscorea alata
Aerial potato, Dioscorea sp.
Turmeric, Curcuma longa
Lesser Galangal, Kaempferia galangal
Ginger, Zingiber officinale
Potato, Solanum tuberosum ‘Royal Blue’ (aka ‘Sapphire’ and ‘Salad Blue’)
Sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas ‘Marguerite’
Cocoyam, Xanthosoma saggitifolia
Cassava, Manihot esculenta

Leaves, flowers and shoots

Aloe vera – three cultivars
Mung bean, Vigna radiata
Thai betel, Piper sarmentosum
Sweet Basil, Ocimum basilicum
Celery stem taro, Colocasia sp.
Cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum, (syn. C. zeylanicum)
Blue pea, Clitorea ternatea
Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus
East Indian Lemongrass, Cymbopogon flexuosus
Peppermint-scented Pelargonium, Pelargonium tomentosum
Kaffir lime, Citrus hystrix
Curry leaf, Murraya koenigii
Hibiscus spinach, Abelmoschus manihot
Monastery bamboo, Thyrsostachys siamensis
Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus
Portulaca oleracea
Green Amaranth, Amaranthus viridis
Garlic chives, Allium ramosum (syn. A. tuberosum)
Sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas ‘Marguerite’
Choko, Sechium edule
Golden oregano, Oreganum vulgare ‘Aureum’
Moroccan mint, Mentha spicata
Cardamom, Elettaria cardamomum
Swinecress, Coronopus didymus
Chickweed, Stellaria media
Huauzontle, Chenopodium berlandieri
Rainbow silverbeet, Beta vulgaris var. cicla ‘Rainbow Mixed’
Pumpkin, Cucurbita moschata ‘Butternut’
Mustard, Brassica juncea ‘Osaka Purple’
Society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea ‘Variegata’
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Benenden Blue’
Rocket, Eruca sativa
Portuguese cabbage, Brassica oleracea var. acephala ‘Couve Tronchuda’
Kale, Brassica oleracea (Acephala group) ‘Russian Red’
Chinese Celery, Apium graveolens var. dulce
Parsley, Petroselenium crispum ‘Triple Curled’
Pandan, Pandanus amaryllifolius

Fruits, seeds and nuts

Midyim, Austromyrtus dulcis
Chilli, Capsicum annuum cv.
Capsicum, Capsicum annuum ‘California Wonder’
Coffee, Coffea arabica ‘First Fleet’
Natal Plum, Carissa macrocarpa
Eggplant, Solanum melongena
Snow Pea, Pisum sativum ‘Oregon’
Tahitian lime, Citrus aurantifolia
Dwarf Pineapple, Ananas nanus
Rough or Queen Pineapple, Ananas comosus ‘Queen’
Pawpaw, Carica papaya ‘Southern Red’
Tomato (Cherry), Lycopersicum esculentum
Tomato, Lycopersicon esculentum ‘Apollo’
Passionfruit, Passiflora edulis ‘Panama Red’

Total: 62 cultivars

Jerry Coleby-Williams