There’s lots of plant­ing, wa­ter­ing and har­vest­ing in our read­ers’ back gar­dens, too.

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Claire and her fam­ily’s favourite vegie gar­den plants in­clude basil, pars­ley, mint and rose­mary. JUDY

Judy and hus­band Peter’s gar­den bed fea­tures herbs and veg­eta­bles bor­dered by sun­flow­ers and suc­cu­lents. FELIC­ITY

The back­yard of Felic­ity’s fam­ily home fea­tures large vegie beds made from un­treated cy­press wood.

The kids know the names of most of the herbs and ve­gies and also like help­ing out with the wa­ter­ing and main­te­nance of the vegie gar­den.

Flow­ers like marigolds and sun­flow­ers are also planted in the vegie gar­den to at­tract bees and other pol­li­nat­ing in­sects.

Herbs from the gar­den are used on a daily ba­sis. The fam­ily en­joys a mix of finely chopped herbs sprin­kled over pasta and Parme­san.

My favourite thing is that the gar­den is al­ways chang­ing. It gives me pleasure to plant, weed, trim and pick. I also have laven­der and rose­mary in wine bar­rels next to the gar­den beds. I love hav­ing the herbs al­ways there...

The ve­gies in the patch change depend­ing on the sea­son. The ones that grow the best are let­tuce, spring onions, kale and toma­toes.

Toma­toes, let­tuce, beans, peas, pars­ley, co­rian­der, basil, cap­sicums, car­rots, spring onions and more grow in this vegie patch.

The edge of the raised bed works as ex­tra seat­ing around the back­yard fire pit. Be­hind are ba­nana, rasp­berry and tomato plants.

We love all of our herbs. They are gen­er­ally quick and easy to grow and many of them last all year round.

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