Autumn by date only.

Today is another scorcher in the sun so I was forced under cover by 10 am. But there was time enough to prepare 4 planting spaces for 2 mandarin and 2 orange trees I purchased yesterday from the owner of the Forbidden Fruits Nursery. This past year has seen 3 older citrus trees die after giving me 12 years of substantial harvests.

 I enjoyed an insight into this nursery man’s view on agriculture . Australia’s growing dependence on imported food without much scrutiny of its safety  and nutritional value.  The decline in people to willingly work in the agriculture and food growing sector of the Australian economy, along with the population’s general lack of knowledge as to where their food comes from.

 This man’s nursery was a delight to be in.  A vast variety of food plants were on sale along with his working knowledge of what was the better selection for my growing site here. I certainly recommend a visit to his web site and if you really want an inspirational shove into growing more of your own clean and fresh food, visit his nursery.

Above is the flower of the tea plant. Camellia Sinensis, a member of the family Theaceae. One plant is my beginning and I do hope to have a small area planted out with cuttings from this plant.

Tea drinking in the West has a relatively short history with the Dutch introducing it to Europe in 1610 or thereabouts. It took another 50 years before it was introduced into Britain and first served in the City of London at a coffee house in Exchange Alley. It is recorded that tea drinking goes back to 2737-2697 B.C. during the rule of the Emperor Shen-Nung in China.  The custom of tea drinking spread to Japan in A.D. 552 to then continue on to Russia where it was called Russian tea, for its taste was of a finer quality due to it being carried in Mongol caravans instead of boats where it aquired the taste of salt water and whatever else comprised the cargo. Well before aluminium foil was introduced as a sealant. English settlers introduced the tea drinking habit to North America but, when the government began to tax tea heavily, the people revolted and threw the newly arrived shipment from China into Boston harbour. 342 chests of tea into the water and this event went down in history as the “Boston Tea Party” and the beginning of the War of Independence.

Sources from B.Brouk’s ‘Plants Consumed By Man.’

Peter Ackroyd’s ” London. The Biography.”

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