A rectangle of Grass in late 2003.
Soil like cement that broke a rotary hoe.
Now a productive garden that makes good use of every drop of water and provides plenty of fresh food all year.
Video from a 2007 Gardening Australia Expo presentation
At A Glance
BLOCK SIZE: 813 m2 Officially – 32 perches (quaint or what?)
PRODUCTIVE GARDEN: Approx 300m2 Eight beds for crop rotation plus a herb bed. Perimeter borders grow fruit trees, pineapples, bananas, spices and bamboo.
PEST & DISEASE CONTROL: All Organic, crop rotation
Getting the soil right can eliminate half the common gardening problems. We put a lot of effort into this vital first step.
First the laboratory sampling, we decided not to send excavated soil to landfill, but rehabilitate it on site.
The drought was in full swing by then and, as water is a vital ingredient in creating living soil, it slowed us down dramatically
And for those people who think we have a team of helpers like certain ‘instant garden’ programmes on commercial tv, once the machinery was out of the way it was two men and a dog.