This garden is open Saturday 9-4pm only.
We grow as much of our own veggies as we can organically using open pollinated seed, which we save ourselves where we can. We make seed raising mix using worm castings, sand and cocopeat, once the seedlings are up we pot them on into newspaper pots and then plant them out when they are ready. I have developed a spreadsheet that follows a two weekly sow/pot on/plant out rotation. We have a small greenhouse that we use to raise seedlings and grow a bit of out of season stuff during winter. During summer we place shade cloth over the greenhouse and continue to use it to raise seedlings in.
I get in grass hay from a local supplier where I can or failing that, straw, and let it get worked over by chooks and then use it as mulch. We have 14 beds, half are about 2 metres x 1 metre and half are 3 metres x 1 metre . We fertilise mainly using a chook tractor which is designed to sit directly over a veggie bed with some compost and comfrey extract also used. The chook tractor spends two weeks on each bed twice a year. The chook tractor has 2 or 3 chooks in it and we can get up to 3 eggs a day but we also have the “Retirement Village”, a shed where the non-productive chooks still do meaningful work by digging over the hay and turning it into mulch.
We also have fruit trees – a mandarin and orange tree, half a dozen bananas in a banana circle in the back yard and a passionfruit vide growing up the side of the house. In the front yard we have a mulberry tree, two lilli pillies, olive, feijoa and two lime trees (one Tahitian, one Kaffir) and a couple of apples (one multi-grafted), a nectarine and macadamia nut. The apples, limes and macadamia are in a fruit tree circle based around a worm tower. The fruit tree circle also has a dwarf lemon and a curry leaf tree. Also there is now a small bed on our southern front yard boundary with a blood orange, dwarf fig and a replacement lemon since the one previously in the back yard passed on.