Hello fellow garden lovers!
Two weeks before the break we had the wonderful Sam from St. Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co – operative (S.K.I.N.C) do a native workshop with us! She not only shared information about natives, she even donated some! It was very exciting (remember to check out our new additions)! Since there was a ton of information pertaining to the propagation/care/types of natives, we have collated everything into a list (below). Happy reading!
Some common (or should be common) natives:
Viola Hederacea (Native Violet) – Propagate via division (runners), eat flowers, needs lots of water and shade (bees).
Apium Prostratum (Sea Celery) – Propagate via seed, eat leaves (high in Vitamin C), grows in full sun, prune after it seeds.
Mentha Australis (River Mint) – Propagate via cuttings, eat leaves (makes very good tea), very hardy, grows in any condition but likes lots of water if possible (bees and butterflies).
Atriplex Cinerea (Coastal Southbush) – Propagate via cuttings or seed, eat leaves (boiled or dried + crushed up as salt), can handle exposed conditions, full sun and needs well-drained soil (birds).
Arthropodium Milleflorum (Pale Vanilla Lily) – Propagate via seed (can also propagate via tuber division), eat tubers raw/roasted, grow in part shade +morning sun, and does not like afternoon sun (bees and butterflies).
Microseris Laceolata (Yam Daisy) – Propagate via seed (FRESH), eat tubers raw or roasted, needs good – moderate drainage (butterflies and bees).
Billardiera Scandens (Apple Berry) – Propagate via cutting/seed, eat fruit raw or roasted, do not grow in direct sun and is a climber (bees, butterflies and birds).
Einadia Nutans (Nodding Saltbush) – Propagate via cutting/seed, eat berries or leaves (BOILED), grow in sunny or lightly shaded spots, grows to 1m in diameter, well drained/dry soil (butterflies).
Einadia Hastata (Berry Saltbush) – Propagate via cutting/seed, eat berries or leaves (BOILED), grow in sunny or lightly shaded spots and well drained soil (butterflies).
Displyma Crossifolium (Rounded Noon – Flower) – Propagate via cuttings, all parts edible, grow in full sun – part shade in dry and well – drained soil (butterflies).
Tetregonia Implexicoma (Warrigal Greens) – Propagate viat cuttings, eat leaves (BOILED), grows in all conditions (birds).
Tasmammica Launceolata (Mountain Pepper) – Propagate via cutting/seed, eat leaves and berries either fresh or roasted as a hot substitute for pepper, grows in shadier conditions, needs deep rich soil, grows to 3m (birds).
Other Edible Indigenous Plants (Examples) – Austromyrtus Dulcis (Midyim Berry), Enchyldena Tormentosa (Ruby Saltbush), Wahlenbergia Communis (Tufted Bluebell), Arthropodium Strictum (Chocolate Lily), Kerredia Prostrata (Running Postman), Coprosma Quadifolia (Prickly Current Bush).
Woohoo! That’s everything! We hope you got through all that information! If you have any queries/require more information, remember to drop us a message on Facebook at “Melbourne University Community Garden”!
Finally, we would like to thank all our volunteers who stopped by this week and lent a hand with digging, picking up leaves and cutting up branches. We truly appreciated your help and hope to see you there next time!
The MUC Garden Team
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