About the garden
Located on Sydney’s northern beaches, this backyard was built over a number of years by Sue Grant, whose goal was to create an ornamental garden that was also a source of contaminant-free, ultra-fresh organic produce. She built the garden and sheds with recycled materials, so there’s a unity to its design and a character that the appearance of age gives it. The raised beds, made from old bricks or wooden packing cases, are all about thigh height. This ensures good soil drainage and also makes planting, picking and weeding easier – no kneeling needed!
When a bed is fully harvested at the end of its season, Sue re-enriches the soil with compost she makes from what remains of the plants, plus kitchen waste and also manure from the chook house. This rich mixture provides all the nutrients her crops need to thrive, so there’s no need for chemical fertilisers. If insect pests start to build up, Sue uses only organic pest control and, as she spends plenty of time in the garden, she simply squashes undesirables on sight. It’s a great way to garden – safe and harmless to the environment and very rewarding.