At the October meeting Tricia Mooney gave an interesting talk on her cutting garden at Yandoit. She provided tips for creating such a garden together with a list of the type of flowering and foliage plants she has used and experimented with.
When creating a cutting garden Tricia advised that it is useful to stagger sowing and planting in order to provide for a continuous harvest. Plants should be close together, beds narrow and accessible, with stakes used to keep flowers upright. Tricia has been resourceful in laying out her cutting garden, using discarded carpet for weed suppression and only mulching sparingly. This part of the garden is not required to look well-manicured but rather serves the practical purpose of providing cut flowers and foliage.
Tricia has trialled various types of plants for her cutting garden, including vegetables and the feathery tops of asparagus. At the present time she is trialling cotton but acknowledges that this plant may be too water dependent for the dry area where she lives!