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The Edge

Jude Conway's current food garden is nearly two years old. She’s developed in fits and starts using whatever is at hand. A hothouse extends the growing season, and a young, espaliered orchard has been extended. The greatest extravagance, an automatic watering system makes a huge difference to the time required to keep plants thriving.

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In our food garden

Garlic, potatoes, leafy greens, strawberries, thornless blackberries, cabbages and cauliflowers, beans and peas; all foods that we eat often. We have a small herd of house cows to provide all our dairy needs. We also have sheep, chooks, and a large ornamental garden. So, the veggies must make do with whatever time we can find. Luckily our 11-year-old granddaughter has become my willing gardening apprentice.

Standout sustainable practices

I grow strawberries in wicking beds made from old potato boxes. I make bokashi compost.

Top tip for novice gardeners

Plants don't care how straight your garden borders are.

Look out for

The Mangelwurzel, I grow them mainly for the cows. I'm experimenting with a giant tree tomato this summer.

For sale on the day

Biltong produced on a neighbouring farm from locally grown grass-fed beef.

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Potato, looks unprepossessing, takes some effort to find, and some scrubbing to get rid of the dirt—best-supporting actor on the plate.

95 Earls Road, Yarragon South

Plenty of parking a short walk from the garden. Some close parking is available for those who need it. The garden is on the side of a hill, and the view is spectacular.

Coffee, Creative Harvest
Coffee, Creative Harvest
Dogs on a leash, Creative Harvest
Dogs on a leash, Creative Harvest
Bathroom Facilities, Creative Harvest
Bathroom Facilities, Creative Harvest
Picnic Spaces, Creative Harvest
Picnic Spaces, Creative Harvest
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Creatives joining us in the garden
The Warragul Poultry Club
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