The most important ingredient

I thought I would share with you a slightly different side to my veggie patch. It’s not the prettiest area of the garden, but it is probably the most important – the compost area! Because I have such a big garden, I need a lot of soil to fill it, and the raised beds need to be topped up every so often.  I could buy a truck load of garden soil, and we have done that in the past, but … Continue reading →

Turkey-proofing the patch

When Dad and I first built the veggie patch fence years ago, we designed it so a roof could be put on down the track if it was needed.  We weren’t sure how far we’d have to go to keep out our resident scrub turkeys. The fence has been up for about 7 years and we never needed a roof in all that time, as it seemed the 2m high fence was enough to deter the turkeys and not once … Continue reading →

My Patch from Scratch

I thought I would share with you some pictures of how my veggie patch came to be – how we built the patch from scratch! My father and I built it 7 years ago.  We knew from the outset that it would have to be fenced to protect the garden from the local wildlife, particularly our resident scrub turkeys, and the fence would need to be high.  We also wanted something that was going to last and be an asset … Continue reading →

Attracting allies

mating ladybugs

In front of my veggie patch, outside the main fence, is another large area that was originally intended as extra veggie-growing space, particularly for crops such as melons and pumpkins that need more room to spread. It was a great idea in theory, but in reality, I found I really didn’t need so much extra space for veggies, and it was hard keeping up with the frequent watering, weeding and other work required to maintain such a large area, in addition … Continue reading →

The Summer of the Cowpea

cowpea green manure crop in raised bed

Henceforth, the 2015/2016 Summer shall be known in my garden as the Summer of the Cowpea. I have come to love this humble little plant in the past few months.  It may even be safe to say that I’ve become a little bit obsessed with it! When I first moved back here in September last year, my old veggie garden had been a bit neglected.  Mum hadn’t added any compost or other nutrients to the beds, and as a result, … Continue reading →

Back in the Patch

The single biggest factor in my decision to move back to this place was the thought of getting my old veggie garden back.  I’ve learned many things about what I want in my life these past couple of years, but the most glaringly obvious thing I’ve come to realise is how much I need my green space.  After living in a rented flat with no garden, I was going stir crazy.  In Toowoomba, I lived in a beautiful suburb within walking … Continue reading →