Brazilian Spinach (Althernanthera sissoo).
Brazilian spinach is one of the most resilient backyard plants around. It can tolerate a wide range of sun and shade conditions along with drought, dying back only to resurge when the rain arrives. Well suited to planting in dense low garden borders and especially along paths to form a dense green attractive edging. The…
Unusual nutritious plants for growing in South-East Queensland.
Brisbane’s climate lends itself to a wide range of edible plants from across Asia, Africa, South America and the Pacific, including many native Australian plants. Amaranth sp. Caution: Many plants contain toxins and require specific preparation prior to consumption or are only safe to consume in limited quantities. Always confirm the identity, and the preparation…
Brazilian Spinach (Alternanthera sissoo)
•Low growing perennial to 30cm. •Extremely hardy and low maintenance. •One of the toughest plants in the garden. •Drought tolerant. •Handles a range of soils (except waterlogging conditions). •Grows well in medium shade to full sun. •Makes an attractive border plant. •Leaves can be eaten raw in salad. •Leaves can be tough, watering the plant…
5 Staple Salad Greens for Every Garden
If the recent floods have taught us anything it’s that having backyard produce is a wonderful thing. The catch is that growing your own food isn’t always as easy, particularly for those of us with jobs, kids and busy lives. That’s where Brisbane Edible Gardening comes in. Let’s start with salad greens. Whether you live…
Betel Leaf (Piper sarmentosum) is a perennial vine to about half a meter in our garden. It likes a most, well drained location in full sun. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and is very popular in Thai cooking. This plant is prolific in our food forest and can be used as an…
Sambung Nyawa (Gynura procumbens)
This is Sambung. It’s a hardy perennial green that can be eaten in abundance either fresh from the garden (like you would lettuce) or cooked as you would bok choy or spinach. Simple wash and enjoy. This is also known as the life extender or diabetes plant. It is extremely good for you and a…
What Do We Grow?
Thank you for all of the lovely comments so far. Many of you have asked for a list of plants we grow. We have a very diverse garden. The garden is a testing site for plants. So far we have evaluated about 500 different edible species. Of those 500 about 200 turned out to be…
Sweet Potato – Kumara (Ipomoea batatas)
Native to South America but widely eaten throughout the Pacific. •Mostly enjoyed as a cooked root crop. •Raw leaves make an excellent salad green, or use cooked in stir-fries. •Sweet potato is an excellent groundcover (though it can take over). •The vines can be trained onto trellises or over banks. •Tubers can be harvested year-round.…
Okinawa Spinach (Gynura bicolor)
A beautiful and mild flavoured salad green that grows easily into a lush bush with an attractive purple underside. Not slimy Iike some greens can be. A great addition to any salad. The growing instructions usually say ‘grow in full sun’ however in the Mount Crosby area they seem to like part shade as shown…
Alternatives to Lettuce
When lettuce is bolting in Summer, these perennial salad alternatives are at their best. Actually they are at their best all year! Sweetleaf, Okinawa Spinach, All Herb, Lebanese Cress, Cranberry Hibiscus, Sweet Potato Leaf, Aibika, Mushroom Plant, Malabar Spinach, etc. Their are so many wonderful perennial options out there!