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KathyB

I love growing unusual and interesting things and am teaching my son to love it too. I have a tiny mostly potted garden in Newcastle NSW.

Tetragonolobus purpureus syn. Lotus tetragonolobus

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KathyB

I'll be feasting soon!!!

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brightcolours

#asparaguspea

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KathyB

I just can't find decent, purpose-designed plant supports in Australia (if Bunnings doesn't think there's a market it's pretty much impossible get it where I live) - so I've had to go rogue. These are pot stands but with a bit of string, they have worked perfectly for the asparagus peas and smaller dahlias! I can't wait to see what else I can use them for!

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KariSamuel

I have used bamboo stakes and twine before! The heavy duty frames of thrift store lampshades work well too! #whateverworks

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KathyB

@KariSamuel I normally use bamboo and string but it's so messy and often doesn't last a full season with our high UV etc. I hadn't thought of old lampshades tho! I'll have to keep my eye out!

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KariSamuel

I have one around my chives and another around a peony, that I haven't moved since! 😂😂😂

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mummyurquo

What a great idea girls 😀 @KathyB @KariSamuel thanks for sharing

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brightcolours

#plantsupport #thriftythursday #potstand #plantstand

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KathyB

Hmmmm first pods forming. Can't wait!

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KathyB

Can't wait to eat these little lovelies!!!

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nej

Nice flowers on it

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KathyB

And the pods are delish @nej . R u going to Plant Lovers at the end of the month?

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nej

They sound like they taste as good as they look. Where and when is the plant lovers Kathy?

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KathyB

@nej 23/24 September at Kariong high school. Def recommend!!!!! I'm already getting excited lol 😊

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nej

Sounds good I'll have to check my work roster 😀

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2016
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KathyB

Oooooooo!!!!

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KathyB

@gjones so I actually looked up how to cook them (rolling my eyes at myself). Boiled for 2 min then mixed with a but if butter there's no more dry-mouth and I quite like them... not getting much of an asparagus vibe but they have a nice mouth texture.

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KathyB

As the flowers age they seem to fade to a rusty-ish sort of red.

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yodamama

Beautiful 🌹

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clustyroen

A rich autumnal colour Kathy 👍

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KathyB

@clustyroen Spring colour here Cynthia 😉

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gjones

We grew this one too for the first time this year. They are a unique plant!

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KathyB

@gjones I've never tried them before... did they taste good??

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gjones

@KathyB The packaging said that if you picked the peas when young, they were supposed to taste like asparagus. We didn't think so, so we just grew them for the flowers which were quite pretty.

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brightcolours

#tastetest

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KathyB

@gjones did urs give u mad dry mouth? I'm not sure if they're not ripe or if they're a bit yucky! 😉

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gjones

We don't remember dry mouth but we found the taste rather unpleasant! After the initial taste test we decided to just grow them for the flower (which was kinda unique with it's little black dot)

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KathyB

@gjones maybe they're not ripe... I'll try again when they're bigger 😀

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gjones

Let us know if the taste and texture improve with age!

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KathyB

First flowers! They are very pretty. Small but extremely dark red.

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brightcolours

#darkred #dark #red #pea

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  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2016
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KathyB

Just as happy in the ground.

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KathyB

This is one of the advantages to using toilet rolls inside seed trays. The tray is full of water but the seedling isn't water-logged.

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KathyB

@latebloomer It's raining like crazy here this week! But next week it could easily be dry and windy so the reservoir comes in handy if I get home too late to water.

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brightcolours

#toptip #tips #hints #paperroll

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