In our food garden
Any piece of fruit or berry that survives the parrots is extra sweet. Continuous planting and sowing make the most of a veggie garden. As one thing finishes, another starts, so there’s always something to eat! I’m experimenting with a ‘no dig perennial garden' to fill those hungry in-between-season gaps.
Standout sustainable practices
I create garden beds by sheet mulching - layers of cardboard topped with mulch. Eventually, the mulch rots down, so you don't have to lose any topsoil.
My flock of chickens are great at turning up garden beds at the end of a season. And the ducks are gentle and wonderful free-range slug control during the cooler months. I run a small egg business from my workplace. It contributes to the cost of feed.
I like to make preserves, and I’m learning how to bottle and can. I share produce boxes when I have excess.
Top tip for novice gardeners
I started with greens - silver beet, lettuce, and herbs. These things perish quickly and are expensive in the supermarket. But they’re quick and easy to grow.
Look out for
My rooster when he sneaks up on you from behind... I promise to keep him locked up!
For sale on the day
Garlic - a bit slow but catches on in the end. Ha, ha!