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. 10 of these are in crop rotations (a 5-year rotation of legumes-cucurbits-roots-solanums-brassicas), with others for perennials (asparagus, globe artichoke and rhubarb) and herbs.
Fruit trees are planted throughout the 1¼ acre garden, some in purpose-built set of terraces. There are currently around 50 fruit trees, 30 berries, and 10 vines. Collectively they cover most of the types of fruit that are commonly grown in Melbourne plus some more unusual species. Come and see the bananas, which are currently ripening! All the veggies and fruit are irrigated, mostly from tanks.
Other points of potential interest:
- Natives plants throughout the garden.
- 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.