Productive Garden Development

Bellis logoWelcome to the Garden

A rectangle of weedy 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. Please note my website address on the cover slide no longer exists. You are on

At A Glance

BLOCK SIZE: 815 sq metres, officially 32 perches (quaint or what?)

PRODUCTIVE GARDEN: 300 sq metres in the back garden. Comprising of eight x 10 sq metre beds for crop rotation, plus a herb bed. Perimeter borders grow fruit trees, pineapples, bananas, spices and bamboo.

PEST & DISEASE CONTROL:  All organic, plus crop rotation.

Soil Wars!

Getting the soil right can eliminate half the common gardening problems. ‘Soil Wars’ shows a lot of effort went into this vital first step.

Soil was sampled and analysed in a laboratory to identify any deficiencies and possible excesses. The results guided soil improvement.

No excavated soil was sent to landfill, instead it was rehabilitated on site. A gardening challenge!

The Millennium Drought was in full swing and, as water is a vital ingredient in compost making and for creating dynamic, living soil, the dryness slowed things down dramatically.

And for those people who think there’s a team of helpers like certain ‘instant garden’ programmes on commercial tv, once the machinery was out of the way it was one gardener, one part time helper, and a dog.

Each image is accompanied by explanatory captions.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Teena says:

    what an inspiration!

    1. Maybe see you next May open day??? 🙂

  2. Bill heather says:

    Where did you get your recycled sleeper planks?

    1. A one off source – they were rejected by an architect organising the refurbishment of a heritage building in Sydney…

  3. What a wonderful website! Thank you for all your advice – I mentioned you in my most recent blogpost re: “volunteer plants” – and am so happy to see perennial leeks mentioned in your video presentation here. They’re the backbone of our garden! 🙂

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