Hornsby Heights – Natalie’s Garden

Our garden is a small, young suburban garden with many raised beds. We back onto bushland so have divided our space by a fence for natural, native plants and edible gardens. When we first moved here, the garden was an ornamental Balinese style, so over 6 years, we have slowly made it more usable by growing our own foods using organic principles. We have 4 hens, 2 of which lay blue/green eggs (araucana hens). We grow many edibles for us to eat, and raise most of the seedlings ourselves. A few fruit tress, which are starting to produce, are in the sunny front yard; these include 2 types of apples, lemon, finger lime, grapefruit, mandarin, blueberries, gauva, mango, peach and a large mulberry tree (which had lived in a pot for 10 years!). There is a natural native bee hive at the very back of our property, which is inaccessible for most, and we grow many bee friendly flowers and plants for this reason. Being on a sloping and steep block, it is unfortunately inaccessible for prams and wheelchairs as we have stairs, sloped inclines and some areas with small ‘drop-offs’. There are 2 worm farms and 3 compost bins. We also use a Vegepod for growing leafy greens. We would love to show visitors around our little garden, and share ideas.

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