Ryde – Sharon’s edible garden refuge

A bit about the garden… I use a few small sections of an otherwise large expanse of lawn. Because my soil is full of old concrete beds and rubbish I mainly use raised beds. I also have 3 hens that free-range around the netted off productive area.

I have bananas and a fig and over the last 12 months, I’ve produced passionfruit, lemons, figs, strawberries, capsicum, tomatoes, chard, peas, corn, pumpkins, water chestnuts, potatoes and a wide variety of lettuce greens. I also have rhubarb, blueberries, yacon, papaya, raspberry and dragon fruit, kang kong and finger lime. So a wide variety with varying success.

I don’t use any artificial fertiliser or pesticides/herbicides and try to produce my own soil from a small compost heap that I allow those on ShareWaste to contribute to.

It’s not a very organised garden but I am amazed at how much I can produce in the spaces I have. I am a retired lab technician and have always been wary of foods grown and controlled by man made chemicals. I try always to use naturally available control measures for house and garden.

Permaculture principals appeal to me and I try to grow organically. My husband has Alzheimer’s and the garden is my sane space. Being with my hens in the garden and picking fresh food is my happy place.

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