It is early spring here on the New South Wales south coast and the weather has been perfect for gardening.  We’ve spent several lovely hours in the garden pottering and just soaking up our lovely surrounds.  I was only marveling yesterday that at last the vision I had for a productive back yard has come to fruition.  From the humble beginnings of a two metre square vegetable patch “trial” we now have a productive and beautiful large vegetable garden.  That was a lovely realization that with perseverance and steady work we have achieved our dream of having a productive garden.

Silver beet, tomatoes covered in flowers, radish beginning to go to seed.
Silver beet, tomatoes covered in flowers, radish beginning to go to seed.

We didn’t just go out and buy everything we wanted or thought we needed, we just gradually worked on one little area, then the next and so on.  Wherever possible we used second hand materials which were given to us and sometimes saved up for other things like the two metal raised beds.  We improved the  soil a little at time, by learning to make compost and using all our green waste to dig in to poor soil or make homemade mulch.  Little by little it has all come together to make an inviting and productive garden.

Wonderful flowering plums near the entrance to the veggie garden.
Wonderful flowering plums near the entrance to the veggie garden.

There is something very satisfying about working with your hands and growing some of your food. It is also lovely to be enjoying flower gardens which have cost not a cent because they have been propagated from cuttings.  Of course that requires some patience, but it has been so satisfying to see the results.  The savings from growing some of your own food can be quite substantial if you are wise about what you grow etc.  We try to just grow what we know we will eat, there’s no point growing things you don’t like.  We also grow lots of greens which are cut and come again, so one punnet of Cos lettuce seedlings can produce a few months of lettuce.  There is really nothing like using some of you land for home production.   If you have a dream to grow some of your own food, just get outdoors and make a start,  even if you just plant a pot of herbs to begin with!

The veggie garden area now has a mix of raised vegetable beds and flower beds as well as several fruit trees.
The veggie garden area now has a mix of raised vegetable beds and flower beds as well as several fruit trees.
Some new planting in one of the raised beds, plants being propagated in the background.
Some new planting in one of the raised beds, plants being propagated in the background.
This little flower bed adds some beauty to the veggie garden as well as attracting bees and other beneficial insects.
This little flower bed adds some beauty to the veggie garden as well as attracting bees and other beneficial insects.