Currently it is 4am in the morning. I have been awake since 2.30am. Getting out of bed to do something productive is not my preferred option – it is just too cold and may wake the sleeping family.
So now I am hiding under the covers so the illuminated light from my mobile phone doesn’t awake my husband.
Sharing a photograph of flowering broccolini at 4am just feels appropriate (not sure why).
I have allowed one full bed of brocollini to flower this season because it attracts the bees and because it also attracts me to the garden too – as very little is currently flowering. Don’t worry there is plenty of brocollini to eat.
Green = raised garden beds, Blue = compost, Red = permanent no dig garden
A massive clean up and tidy was organised yesterday behind our town’s community hall. Trees were trimmed, rubbished removed and weeds cleared. Everyone was getting ready for phase one of our community garden project.
I am totally amazed and impressed with the ‘can do’ attitude and vision of those who are behind the building of this community garden.
Keeping it fun and enjoyable is what you want if you desire to attract others to the vision.
It is raining. It always rains over Easter. I can only remember two Easters it hasn’t rained.
Most projects on my long weekend todo list, requires sunlight (painting, building etc). Despite the rain I was very keen to get into the garden.
Amongst the rain falling on my face, I had a random, spontaneous idea. “Let’s make a veggie garden patch fence with wattle branches”. We have a wattle vine bush in our back yard which is in desperate need of a major trim. Now I have a use for those wattle brances.
Three hours later (and thanks to our Little One for having a big sleep), I completed my weaving creation.
Standing approximately 40 cm tall, it will help to keep two white fluff balls and a cheeky toddler out of my new broad bean seedlings. Think I will continue weaving around the circumference of this garden patch – for complete protection.
A friend told me a story years ago that profoundly changed my attitude towards gardening and sustainability.
She described her own childhood with sustainable ‘hippie’ parents. Gardening for her as a child was a chore – always work that she, her siblings and parents needed to do in order to ensure food was on the table.
What struck me as noteworthy was now as an adult, she wants nothing to do with growing food, as she holds the belief, it is just hard work.
Her story has impacted my sustainable gardening approach. I want dearly to create a magical and fun garden for children to love as well as a food growing garden.
Perhaps when building a sustainable edible garden, including fun ‘spaces’ for children is the most sustainable thing we can do – to inspire the next generation.
Fun, inspirational, magical, colourful, creative and beautiful is just as important for our garden, as sustainable and practical.
Every day I am adding new, exciting and fun items for our Little One to discover and interact with in the garden. These little birds have been ‘liquid nailed’ to our recently repaired back deck rails. I watched and waited till she saw them – her reaction was pure joy (for me and her).