Organic vegetable garden the pick of the crop
Gardening isn’t just a hobby for Michael Owen, it’s a way of staying upbeat and feeding himself.
Mr Owen’s vegetable garden has been named the winner in the vegetable category of Housing New Zealand’s Gardening Awards for the Morningside neighbourhood unit, which qualifies him for the national awards.
When Mr Owen moved into his Ponsonby flat two years ago, the backyard was a barren lawn.
With the help of some friends, he dug it over to create vegetable beds, bordered by recycled bricks.
Now it sports a wide range of produce, including tomatoes, lettuce, marrow, red onion, silverbeet and several herbs.
“All the stuff in there is organic. I collect the seeds to replant for next year. I don’t see the point in buying seeds all the time if you can propagate them yourself.”
Before moving to Auckland, Mr Owen lived in the Bay of Islands and discovered gardening during a difficult time in his life.
“I was working in a job that was very stressful and low paid. I got pretty depressed and ended up
Edible paradise: Michael Owen in his prizewinning vegetable garden.