About the gar­den

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Garden Walkaround -

Lo­cated on Syd­ney’s north­ern beaches, this back­yard was built over a num­ber of years by Sue Grant, whose goal was to cre­ate an or­na­men­tal gar­den that was also a source of con­tam­i­nant-free, ul­tra-fresh or­ganic pro­duce. She built the gar­den and sheds with re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, so there’s a unity to its de­sign and a char­ac­ter that the ap­pear­ance of age gives it. The raised beds, made from old bricks or wooden pack­ing cases, are all about thigh height. This en­sures good soil drainage and also makes plant­ing, pick­ing and weed­ing eas­ier – no kneel­ing needed!

When a bed is fully har­vested at the end of its sea­son, Sue re-en­riches the soil with com­post she makes from what re­mains of the plants, plus kitchen waste and also ma­nure from the chook house. This rich mix­ture pro­vides all the nu­tri­ents her crops need to thrive, so there’s no need for chem­i­cal fer­tilis­ers. If in­sect pests start to build up, Sue uses only or­ganic pest con­trol and, as she spends plenty of time in the gar­den, she sim­ply squashes un­de­sir­ables on sight. It’s a great way to gar­den – safe and harm­less to the en­vi­ron­ment and very re­ward­ing.

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