This is funny

so, you have been bragging about spontaneous flora from a while, and it somewhat feels strange this, but you are now involved in a garden project, www.tending.net, where in collaboration with Lucas Ihlein and anybody else who would like to join in the adventure, are going to somewhat grow things!
yes, that’s right, actual seeding, planting, watering and minding.. or rather, tending.
So, in view of the aforementioned exercise, you brushed up your knowledge of garden plants, the sorts humans have been crafting and selecting out of the wild counterparts since the start of it all: agriculture.
About 10-15,000 years ago, in several parts of the globe, various inhabitant started to domesticate nature, animals and plants, instigating the process of delimitation of space, control of environments, property.
Uhmm, we dont wonna go there with this post, but rather have a look at the selected species nowadays available commercially for our consumption.
You did your own selection and in a twin posting between here and tending’s blog, propose a list.
You exert comments, suggestions and counter-lists.
Your own selection takes in account few factors:
1 you need to see results in a relatively short time frame
2 there is water, but at this stage we are not sure about who can be the actual watering person every day, so tough plants are preferable
3 a few have been selected because of their peculiarity (see individual entry)

You have browsed the Diggers club for this selection, but more ca be found in other sites, like Eden seeds.

Cool, here’s your list:

blkberry

MARIONBERRY
Rubus hybrid ‘Marionberry’

Admired for their unique and complex flavour profile Marionberries have long been revered in the US. Their vibrant purple color packs a powerful nutritional punch that catapults Marionberries to the top of the antioxidant charts. With an underlying earthiness, hints of sweet and a lively tartness no berry garden is complete without one.

Quarantine – cannot post to: NZ WA

Now, that’s a must if you were going to do any gardening, and just lucky the quarantine limitation is only for Western Australia!

strawberry
CAMBRIDGE RIVAL HANGING GDN
Fragaria x ananassa

Create a column of fragrant sweet strawberries perfect for a sunny balcony or verandah. Includes one strawberry bag which can hold 10 strawberries and 10 Cambridge Rival strawberries for planting. Can produce 5 kilos of strawberries or up to 20 punnets! Water regularly in hot and/or windy weather.

Quarantine – cannot post to: NZ QLD

This one quarantine restriction is for QLD.. lucky again. You want to have some strawberry growing somewhere, great finger-food for passers-by

SORREL LARGE LEAF
Rumex acetosa

Use leaves in lamb and beef stews, slightly tangy, lemon flavor adds zest to salads and is especially good with fish and to make soup. Perennial with large, long, wavy, light-green leaves. Greenish yellow to red flowers in midsummer.

Quarantine – cannot post to: WA

This is funny, as you can probably point at wild rumex acetosa’s growing a bit of everywhere, so you might just do that, go and collect some seeds from the local variety in Callan Park (the park adjoining the Sydney College of the Arts grounds, where the garden is) and grow them both, see who does best.
Again, quarantine limitations.

basil
BASIL SWEET
Ocimum basilicum

This is the true green basil favored by continental cooks. Grow half a dozen plants and you will have enough to fresh pick all summer, and to make pesto that you can freeze for quick pasta dishes in the winter. The perfect companion for your tomatoes.

Yep, Basil, we gonna have some tomatoes for sure, so we need basil to grow beside them.

borrago
BLUE BORAGE
Borago officinalis

Slate grey leaves topped by panicles of blue. Flowers and leaves can be added to summer drinks. 45 sds.

Now then, this is a plant with which you have sentimental attachments. It grows wild in northern Italy where you grew-up, and from spring to late summer is the perfect plant to cook buttered, absolutely yummy!

chives
CHIVES COMMON
Allium schoenoprasum

A mild onion flavour and can be grown as an insect repellent barrier.

Quarantine – cannot post to: NZ TAS

That’s another toughie, it would grow regardless, great finger food too. Not for the Tazzies thou.

fennel
FENNEL BRONZE
Foeniculum vulgare

With bronze fern-like foliage, this fennel is as valued for its decorative quality as it is for its insect attracting ability. Non bulbing. 120 sds.

Quarantine – cannot post to: NZ TAS

And here is another one that you can pull out of Callan’s wilderness, grow beside and see what happen.
Also to be said is that most of those plants quarantined in whatever state, are also somewhat restricted all over Australia, maybe not legislated against, but surely enlisted in the ‘environmental threat list’
..but let’s carry on

mint
SPEARMINT
Mentha spicata

Spearmint is used to flavour roast lamb and other meats, sweets, oils, jellies, drinks, and tea. It also is an attractive, spreading ornamental ground cover.

Here’s another wild one, not restricted, but it will not have problems to settle and survive whatever.

tenacetum
TANSY
Tanacetum vulgare

The yellow flowers and leafy shoots can be used to make a yellow-green dye or repel ants and flies.

This one is for environmentally-friendly controll of ants and mozzies, you’ll let Lucas with his freshly acquired Permaculture knowledge go off on the benefits of this one.

pumkin
PUMPKIN WALTHAM BUTTERNUT
Cucurbita moschata

A prized heirloom Butternut that sets the standard by which other pumpkins are judged. Classically shaped fruit with a small seed cavity so you get more usable pumpkin. Soft yellow flesh and a great nutty flavour. Harvest in 133 days, 6kg/plant.

We have to have a pumpkin growin! it would go big, asserting itself on whatever space, ooking glorious and a fantastic visual achievement to be proud of.
You can already see a fantastic Pumpkin soup coming up in late autumn!

sorghum
SORGHUM Treated Seed
(Covers 10 m2)
Sorghum sudanense ‘Sudex’ F1

Tall, green strappy form containing lots of biomass to incorporate into the soil after the grain harvest. Sterile hybrid that will not cause any weed problem.
Quarantine – cannot post to: WA

So, this is a man-made variety, which despite being reduced to a sterile being (uhmff), still is restricted.
Sorghum is also one of the first crops human domesticated..now a threat.

tomatoes
TOMATO WILD SWEETIE
L. esculentum var. escolentum

This sweet currant is the world’s smallest tomato, yielding hundreds of the sweetest fruits from mid summer to late autumn. If your kids won’t eat tomatoes, they will be converted after trying these little lollies (just don’t tell them they are tomatoes!).

Quarantine – cannot post to: TAS

And finally, the Tomatoes!! You choose those ones as they are the kind that needs little to no attention, and yet produce proficiently small yummy finger food.

So, you didnt mean to, you honestly just went through the list available online, but yet the selection for the garden end up being a selection of toughies, yes, but also a selection of restricted plants (8 out of 13!)
..no comment

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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3 Responses to This is funny

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  2. marga says:

    ok forgive my ignorance but these “legitimate” but quarantined plants have been banned from certain regions because in the past they have overrun these areas?
    Also what is going to happen to the produce?(early days i know but as you said they are fast growers…)
    And finally currants that are tomatoes WOW i never knew such a thing existed…will seek them out though obviously not in scotland…

  3. info says:

    So, different plants get quarantined for different reasons. Some of them have shown the tendency of infesting areas, so are kept away on the basis of ‘possible outcomes’, kind of prevention tactic, while others are already in the environment, have shown how happily they proliferate, and is been decided to put them in the black list.
    Now important is also to notice that plenty of species commercially available (suitable for the environment, and producing a lot of ‘green mass’ or whatever crop) are actually not enlisted as problematic, mainly because of the economic gain generated, see pasture grasses as example.
    Then.
    at this stage we didn’t decide yet what to do with whatever produced, but Betty, the Cafe’ manager at the campus, is keen to introduce any produce in her menu, so i believe there wouldn’t be problems in eating up all of the garden :)
    thanks marga!

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