DI­VERSE PLANTS

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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.

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