Waterwise veggie garden & edible native plants

For a few years I have been thinking that it would be good to find out more about edible native plants as they are adapted to our soil and climate and thus are likely to good options for a sustainable food garden. Research is also showing that many of these plants are nutritionally superior to the standard commercially grown fruit and veg.

With this blistering dry summer I have begin to seriously rethink what I plant in my veggie patch. Coincidently I was recently given Simon Bryant’s Vegies cookbook which features many native plants. His blog on Going Native is a good argument for the incorporation of native plants into every veggie garden. The Outback Pride website provides a good starting list on what edible native plants. What I have found difficult is finding places that stock these plants. There are a number of native plant nurseries in SA (for list see Native Growers List BFWSept12). But I have not been able to find one that specialises in edible plants.

What veggies do you find survive best in our summers? Have you had any experience in growing bush tucker plants? I would be interested to hear how other SCSA members thoughts on this.

Warrigal greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides) is a leafy groundcover grown for edible leaves.

Warrigal greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides) – a leafy groundcover grown for edible leaves.

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3 thoughts on “Waterwise veggie garden & edible native plants

  1. For those of us who have not already done so, it makes good sense to start learning about gardening with indigenous edibles. It may also be a good idea to first source and taste produce, then plant what we are most likely to want to eat. The most productive vegetable in my garden so far this summer is golden nugget pumpkins – I harvested 6 kilos in the last 2 months – closely followed by zuchinis. I have grown both under shade cloth. Basil plants have also been very productive in an area which only sees afternoon sun.

  2. This blog is really interesting! I have had great success with warragul greens grown in a friend’s garden. At my place, I have very little sun and the only place I can grow any vegies has to be in pots. My zuccinis were pretty hopeless and the tomatoes not much better. After our recent hot weather I’m feeling very discouraged! Almost resolved to only grow herbs, however I will keep trying on the other stuff. Have planted 2 little saltbushes which maybe useful in the future (Simon Bryant’s Outback Pride Warragul and Saltbush Tart with fetta sounds divine and worth trying). I have also got some native rocket in a small pot – it tastes beautiful, so will continue to nurture it. We certainly need to be growing more native stuff and I’m trying to learn more about edible weeds also.

  3. Pingback: Growing Bush Foods Workshop | Sustainable Communities South Australia Inc.

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