My Pop has always been a gardener and for as long as I can remember he has been growing amazing potatoes, awesome pumpkin crops, and huge cauliflower, cabbages and lettuces and so many other veggies. When they moved from their 8 acres to their city section we all wondered which of all the small bits of lawn would be sacrificed for his veggie patch. You see the section is flat where the house is but the back drops away steeply which you can see in the photo below.
|This is the view from the back of the house and the tree tops that you see just below the low hedge|
are growing about 10m below in the gully
Well Pop just started terracing the steep bank building small garden beds separated but wind screens to slow the win that races up from the gully below. He put in a set of steps and created a large terrace at the bottom.
|Even the smallest spaces are used|
Then below the large terrace he created, there are a couple of fruit trees and a grape vine planted.
Their section is surrounded by native bush that grows on the sides of the gully and right up to the edge of the garden and vertical frames allow growing space to be expanded.
|If you look at the bottom left of the above picture you can see that even the pathways|
have more terraces added to them.
There is also another small garden squeezed in beside the garage where there is a lemon tree and a mandarin tree and a few more veggies. The garden produces most of the vegetables that they eat and are given away to the family as well, and they are always amazing quality.
I feel blessed to have grown up in a family where providing for yourselves was just part of every day life and I hope to be gardening into my eighties as well.
Who are the gardeners in your family?