As you walk past the house the first impression is that you are entering a large, level, classically styled, ornamental garden. But when you look past the pleasingly trimmed hedges, nicely ball-shaped bushes and arches, you begin to see a very interesting array of food plants, some of which are not common.
|Karen (2nd from left) welcomes us and discusses her projects|
|Karen's main veggie garden|
|Karen making nets in her gazebo|
|Zucchini plants happily growing skyways|
|A nice crop of capsicums|
|Sweet corn going strong|
|Two banana plants and two aubergines in the hothouse|
|Separating a shoot and putting it in its own pot|
|Sweet potato growing vigorously|
Many thanks, Karen, for sharing with us your enthusiasm, expertise and creativity. It is great to see someone experimenting with unusual food plants.
Also, a big thank-you to everyone who came and contributed to the produce table and morning tea. It made for a very enjoyable morning that was appreciated by all.
On Sunday 19 February the Food Garden Group visited Chris and Corinne's garden at Kingston Beach:
People were interested in recipes of delicious things Loes (Zucchini Muffins) and Denby (Apple Spice Cookies) made. Both recipes can now be found on the [Hall of Fame] Recipes page on this blog. Click here and you will find them at the bottom of that page.
Many thanks to Chris and Corinne for hosting this visit to their delightful garden. You showed us how a blank canvas can be turned into a very interesting productive garden.
On Sunday 15 January the Food Garden Group visited Wendy's garden at Sandy Bay:
Wendy is in the rare situation of living on the property where she grew up, and she remembers her father planting some of the trees that are now tall, lush and productive. Yes, today's garden is the result of the work and dedication of more than one generation of a very talented gardening family.
The internal block that was added to the garden later is mainly devoted to vegetables and berries.
This additional block also has on it a very happy cool-climate Avocado tree (variety Bacon). These are a rarity and it tells us that the climate in this garden must be quite moderate. Wendy also has a smaller weeping Avocado variety called Wurtz.
Lots of people checked out Wendy's watering system and her composting methods. These are also described on our Food Garden Group blog.
Wendy has grapes all along the back fence that are obviously very happy and productive.
Wendy shows us how dedication over more than one generation, knowledge, experimentation and a love of gardening can produce a wonderfully productive food oasis.
Thanks everyone for the produce, plants and seeds you brought.
Morning tea was delicious and a reason, all of its own, to come to our garden visits.
On Sunday 3 December the Food Garden Group visited Jan's garden at Dynnyrne:
Jan (pointing at something in the photo above) makes the most of every spot and the result is a sea of green, often multi-layered.
Jan’s garden is a great example of how much you can do with a small area. Someone observed that
there would of course be plenty more space for vegetables and fruit if Jan was willing to sacrifice her small bit of lawn, but that would decrease the charm of her lovely small oasis.
Next to the law was a nicely decorated Christmas tree (not edible, I tried). It is the first ornamental plant that made it onto this Past Visit page of our blog in the almost six years that this group has been going.
When Jan was away recently Blackbirds took full advantage of the opportunity and therefore many beds are now netted.
Fruitfly have been another problem in this garden, perhaps because the vegetation is so dense. Jan made fruitfly traps out of milk bottles (entrance just above the smiley face). They contain a mix of water, vegemite and sugar as follows: in half a litre of boiling water dissolve 1 dessert spoon of vegemite or promote, 1 table spoon of sugar or molasses and 2 teaspoons of ammonia. Fruit flies welcome!
This small army of watering cans Jan uses to store water saved up from all the taps inside and outside, because she is a great believer in re-cycling water rather than watering directly from taps. ‘Obsessed with saving water’ was the phrase she herself used. I would not dare think such a thought!
The borders of the food garden are all taken by fruit trees and in this photo Jan explains what they are and how they have been going over the last few years.
A great example of Jan’s inventiveness is her almond tree. In most gardens these take up a lot of space and you have to climb a ladder to pick them. At harvest time Jan climbs on the roof of the carport and ‘has easy pickings’.
Here is another example of many of Jan’s prolific fruit trees that espaliered against the fence or among ornamentals somehow do not take the space they take in many other gardens.
Some really nice things were brought for morning tea. Pauline was happy to provide the recipe of her much praised egg and sausage parcels. The recipe can be found at the bottom of the Recipes page on our blog here: http://foodgardengroup.blogspot.com.au/p/preserving-your-glut.html
Our small group had a great time and we very much thank Jan for hosting it.