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This trend re­ally took hold al­most a decade ago, ini­tially based around a de­sire to help adults and chil­dren alike to un­der­stand where their food is com­ing from.

Even those with the bud­get to hire pro­fes­sional land­scap­ers were keen to in­clude a vegie gar­den in the over­all de­sign.

Since then, the con­cept of ur­ban farm­ing has em­braced the re­turn of the back­yard chook and, more re­cently, an in­ter­est in bee­keep­ing, not only for pro­duc­ing honey but to sup­port dwin­dling bee pop­u­la­tions.

“I haven’t yet had a client re­quest bee­hives, al­though vegie gar­dens and chicken coops are still very pop­u­lar,” says Matt Leacy.

While some are still en­joy­ing the fruits of their labour, oth­ers are find­ing main­tain­ing a vegie gar­den a bit much.

“We do see the oc­ca­sional client wish­ing to down­size their am­bi­tious vegie gar­den or con­vert it a smaller herb gar­den when it be­comes un­sightly,” Matt says.

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