The garden beds contain an abundance of food plants including olives, limes, oranges, pawpaw, passionfruit, kiwifruit and grapes plus corn, rhubarb and herbs. To help them grow, Jamie used companion planting, placing different plants near each other to repel bugs and attract beneficial insects, including bees. “To grow food in your backyard we need bees, and unfortunately over the last 50 to 100 years we’ve done a lot of damage to the bee population globally – that’s pesticides and herbicides,” Jamie explains. Selecting plants with lots of stamens for pollen, such as bottlebrush, will bring bees in to keep the garden naturally propagating. And many of the plants are waterwise, including African natives leucadendron, gazania and proteas, chosen to reflect Kim and Mark’s travels.
Marigolds will deter pests while the sunflowers attract bees. Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo turf from Bunnings.