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Salad Ways Sunflower field

Sunflowers, sweet potatoes and soy beans

Over the past six years we have been planting green manure crops in our main paddock to regenerate what had previously been used as a trotting track. This year we thought we’d use some of the space to try a few different things. We planted about half an acre with a mixture of sunflowers, soy beans and mung beans. Alongside this planting, we put in a smaller amount of Jerusalem artichokes, beans, corn, chickpeas, ocra and sweet potatoes. These are all in an area with no access to water, so a little dependant on rainfall!!

If the soy beansĀ are successful they can be eaten green in their pods as edamame and I’d like to try to make my own tofu and soy sauce.

Mung beans are a great bean as they are, or sprouted for bean shoots.

Sunflowers look great, attract masses of pollinators and the chooks love the seed heads. Jerusalem artichokes are supposed to be fairly indestructible so they should survive and they are a nutty root that make good gratins, are great roasted and make delicious soup.

The beans, corn and chickpeas do appear to be suffering from the lack of water but the ocra don’t seem to mind too much. They are flowering and setting fruit, so we are just waiting to see if the fruit develops (hoping for a drop of rain to help)

Sweet potatoes, we’ve tried a couple of times with differing results but as we love them, we’ll keep trying. So far, they look healthy and I guess we have to wait until the end of the season to see if they produce any good tubers.

This has been a bit of an experiment and we’re yet to find out how successful it will be. We could have some different, new ingredients to try but the worst that can happen is we have a very pretty, beneficial insect attracting paddock full of nitrogen-fixing legumes.

Salad Ways Sunflower

Sunflower grown on Salad Ways farm, head full of seed!

Salad Ways Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes – we love these – and hope this crop is a success!

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