Guy and Susan bought their property in 2012, with the garden being their main reason for choosing it. Their first move was to turn the tennis court into a veggie patch: a regular and flat area, with no trees, and easily irrigated. The veggie patch now comprises 24 raised beds. 9 of these are in crop rotations (a 5-year rotation of legumes-brassicas-roots-cucurbits-solanums and a 4-year rotation which excludes brassicas). 3 are for perennials (asparagus, globe artichoke and rhubarb), 3 are for herbs, 2 are for things that Guy wants to grow that Susan doesn’t(!), and the final 2 are overflows/spares.
Fruit trees are planted throughout the 1¼ acre garden, some in a purpose-built set of terraces. There are currently 47 fruit trees, 34 berries, and 11 vines. Collectively they cover most of the types of fruit that are commonly grown in Melbourne. All the veggies and fruit are irrigated, mostly from tanks.
Other points of potential interest:
- 15 different species of eucalypt.
- A battery-based solar system which means they are effectively off grid for 8 months of the year.
- Various artwork, mostly by local artists.
- A fox-proof chook house and run.
This is not a child-friendly space so please enjoy a child-free visit to this interesting and well laid out garden.
This garden tour has limited numbers so please book early to avoid disappointment.