Guy & Susan’s GardenPlease check with the event organiser, as due to social distancing guidelines, event may be cancelled or may happen online instead.
Guy and Susan bought their property in 2012, with the garden being their main reason for choosing it. Their first move was to turn the tennis court into a veggie patch: a regular and flat area, with no trees, and easily irrigated. The veggie patch now comprises 24 raised beds. 10 of these are in crop rotations (a 5-year rotation of legumes-cucurbits-roots-solanums-brassicas), with others for perennials (e.g. asparagus and rhubarb), herbs and berries.
Fruit trees are planted throughout the 1¼ acre garden, some in a purpose-built set of terraces. There are currently around 60 fruit trees, 30 berries and 10 vines. Collectively they cover most of the types of fruit that are commonly grown in Melbourne plus some more unusual species (e.g. jaboticas, cherimoyas and bananas). All the veggies and fruit are irrigated, mostly from tanks.
A few years ago, Helen Simpson from The Mushroom Shed visited the garden.
Read her writeup.
Earlier this year, Morgan Koegel from 3000acres visited the garden
Watch her video.
Some specific aspects of interest re food growing:
- A no kill policy.
- Use of Certified Organic inputs only.
- Various methods for easy and effective netting.
Other points of interest:
- Natives plants throughout the garden.
- Labelling of all the plants.
- 25 different species of eucalypt.
- A battery-based solar system which means that they are effectively off grid for 8 months of the year.
- Various artwork, mostly by local artists.
- A fox-proof chook house and run.
- Insect hotels.
This is not a child friendly space so please enjoy a child-free visit.
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