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