Penny and James have been gardening here for 7 years. Our suburb name of North Rocks accurately describes our ground- it’s a steep block of sandstone with a thin layer of soil! After a false start building wicking garden beds in the backyard that were destroyed by our liquid amber tree, we built 6 wicking beds in the front yard and converted a fishbone fern garden to a tiered herb garden at the front door. In our back yard we have water tanks, recycling laundry water system, native bees, worm farm, chickens, compost bins, compost bays, solar panels and batteries. We belong to Permaculture Sydney West, which is where we source our seeds and seedlings from. They have been a great help teaching us how to garden more gently and productively.