My humble garden

19 Apr

We live in a moderately sized regional town on the northern New South Wales coast of Australia. Our town boasts being the most easterly point of the mainland (at low tide) but Byron Bay, 30 km to the north is the widely accepted most easterly mainland point. We live in a small two bedroom apartment on the first floor. Our apartment block is situated on one of the busiest highways in Australia. A bypass for our town was opened in December last year, which thankfully has had a noticeable decrease to noise and pollution. Living in a small apartment means we have no real recreational space or garden, but we do have a sensational north facing balcony. All in all, I love where we live.

You may have caught my weekly photo challenge earlier this week. It was a photo of my garden. I’ve had to adapt to the lack of space and on mothers day last year, I started my humble little garden. It consists of used second-hand polystyrene boxes commonly used for transporting broccoli. We punched holes in the bottom of the boxes to ensure that there was good drainage. In the bottom of each box, I placed a few sheets of newspaper to stop the soil falling out. We purchased some cheap’ish potting mix from a department store and the rest is history!

Aided by the Gardenate Garden Calender which tells me what to plant at what times of the year, our veggie garden has become a reality. Last year we harvested bok choy, all manner of herbs, leeks, tomatoes, salad greens, and more. I have just planted our winter crops which I water daily. The baby leeks in my banner photo are actually from my garden! I have just planted our winter crop and soon we will be feasting on leeks, tomatoes, herbs (thyme, rosemary, parsley, oregano), pak choy, pumpkins, salad greens, broad (fava) beans and capsicums. As a promise of things to come, my heirloom tomatoes produced four beautiful tomatoes ahead of schedule, one of which we picked today!

Stay tuned to this space… I hope to post some photos over time of how my organic crop matures!


Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Env: Food Related, Env: Sustainability


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3 responses to “My humble garden

  1. narf77

    April 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    You are putting me to shame Rhianna! We have 4 acres and haven’t gotten around to growing anything other than a few early harvest heritage tomatoes. The problem was that we didn’t get around to planting them early, but ended up late and they have been confined to the glasshouse for the duration. We thought that we might be clever clogs and harvest some tomatoes later in the season but we ended up with tomatoes that were reminiscent of lemons! We pulled all of the plants out of the glasshouse and let the possums have them… the sad thing was that they stripped the leaves, they tackled the tough stems and the ripe tomatoes were the last thing that they ate in desperation! That should tell you something about our vegetable growing abilities 😉 Well done on the garden idea. It just goes to show that you need to work with what you have and not sit around lamenting a lack of space.

    • mizrhi

      April 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      I think that is the problem with larger areas – its often too daunting to get a start on. Nevertheless, get out there and plant something. Also, sharing with the locals isn’t truly a bad thing *winks*

      • narf77

        April 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

        Especially when it makes the ‘locals’ have a stomach ache and lay off your precious potted babies! 😉


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