Today we returned to Rob & Marian’s garden to share & swap our surplus plants and backyard produce. Let’s have a quick look around this edible suburban garden.
Here is Rob taking us on a tour of the backyard and explaining his gardening methods.
Back in June 2014, this backyard was filled with winter produce – carrots, cabbages, cauliflowers, spinach and silver-beet, winter lettuces and more.
Although we are now in late summer/early autumn, there are still plenty of tomatoes growing on sturdy trellises with corn in the background …
… zucchini, eggplants, asparagus and colourful chilies.
In this sheltered sunny spot we found late-season strawberries and autumn seedlings.
We noticed that all the raised garden beds have a built-in drip irrigation system and removable shade on top of permanent wooden frames. Winter vegetable seedlings are already in the ground.
Fourteen chickens free range under fruit trees in a large, enclosed area at the rear of the garden.
The compost system consists of two large bays to which chicken manure, straw, garden clippings and food scraps are added and regularly turned over.
Here is a tree tomato (or Tamarillo) loaded with fruit.
Do you know about this plant? It is native to South America and can reach a height of three to four meters. A rare sight in Australian suburbia, it has an average lifespan of four years. The trees bloom in early spring and produce fragrant pink flowers. These turn into an egg-shaped fruit which tastes quite bitter. Because of this the plant tends to be grown more for its ornamental qualities.
Today we shared & swapped jars of fig and tangelo jam, fresh limes, tomatoes, eggplants, corn cobs and apples, potted aloe Vera and perpetual basil, a banana tree, citronella cuttings, coffee grounds and seedlings of sweet potato, kale, silver-beet, Calendula, borage, cape gooseberries and amaranth, tea, coffee and home-baked treats.