Trafalgar-born Margaret Young returned to Gippsland when she retired from teaching thirteen years ago. She found the perfect fourteen-acre property, with her ideal house and just the right amount of garden. Margaret enjoys doing most of the work herself but calls in garden maintenance help when she needs it. She also shares gardening with a friend who lives nearby.
In our food garden
The mostly sloping garden has a mix of fruit trees, vegetables, natives, ornamental trees, and shrubs. I grow plums, pears, pumpkins, tomatoes, comfrey, silver beet, and beans. I also have chickens and three Angora goats.
Standout sustainable practices
A drip-watering system is pumped from a dam that never runs dry. Chooks help with weeding, sometimes more enthusiastically than I want. Manure from chooks and cows is added to the compost, and I make manure tea. I also save seeds. I also sustain my friends with my excess produce and give some to the local food relief organisation.
Top tip for novice gardeners
Make good compost.
Look out for
Three white Angora goats, two of which are quite tame.
For sale on the day
Rainbow chard. I'm a lesbian.