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Vegetable Garden

The vegetable garden lies between the chicken and duck yard and the battery/tool shed next to the house. As our property is sloping we built terraces using recycled tyres, but we've recently pulled out the tyres and replaced with recycled corrugated iron and star-picket retaining walls. This provides long narrow planting beds edged with tyres planted out to mainly herbs or small fruiting bushes such as redcurrants. We are currently replanting tyres that previously held strawberries with comfrey and yarrow for harvesting for our 'compost tea' barrel, now situated in the bottom corner of the garden.

The vegetable garden, like everything else on our property, is forever evolving. We've had to cut down a young and vigorous eucalyptus as it was sucking up far too much water and nothing thrived for a couple of years. We're slowly trimming herbs such as oregano and lemon mint and planting them out into the orchard as companion plants. In this way our vegetable garden has served as a 'nursery' garden for less intensively cultivated areas.

The garden is fenced to keep the poultry out but we still need to clip wings as the brassicas often tempt the rooster over the fence! We've found that growing lettuces closer to the house is the only solution if we want to eat them, as they are the first plants to disappear to marauding poultry or invading rabbits.

We have a rotating garden bed planting scheme which we rather loosely adhere to, although there are many plants that are no longer annual, having settled into their positions comfortably, being reluctant to give them up, eg the several silverbeet 'trees' for the guinea pigs! The mix of permanent and annual plantings in the long beds and tyres works very well and provides colour and cover all year round.

Eventually we plan to raise all the beds to a more comfortable working height as we grow older, totally redesigning the garden!


The following list shows plants for each bed including companion plants. Companion plants are also planted in tyres which make up the retaining wall. The tyres restricted invasive species (eg mint) and offered the opportunity to grow plants with different pH requirement close together suing different soils and mulches (eg strawberries, blueberries). We don't follow this regime as closely as we did once did. The tyres were not very successful for growing vegetables in, but proved good for herbs and companion plants. They harboured rodents and red back spiders, however, and their removal led to greater gardening success.

cabbage potatoes tomato
cauliflower watermelons capsicum
broccoli flax chillies
brussels sprouts marigold eggplant
Chinese cabbage horseradish onions, shallots
kale Amaranthus garlic
shallots, shallots, leeks   basil
nasturtiums   marigold
carrots cucumber beans
parsley pumpkins peas
celery melons lentils
beetroot zucchini peanuts
leeks, onion, shallot, chives sweet corn radish
turnip, swede, parsnip sunflower summer savoury
radish lettuce  

Companion Plants

strawberries flax nasturtium rhubarb lemon balm
chives geraniums pennyroyal angelica marjoram
asparagus thyme rosemary yarrow parsley
comfrey sage borage currants pyrethrum
lemon grass mint lovage berries sunflower




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