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There is something magical and healing about a garden... I find so much joy in digging around, planting and pottering, watering and weeding - especially when bright flowers and shady trees bring beneficial insects and bees to visit, and healthy herbs and vegetables make their way onto our plates and into the pantry. This home is our most permanent so far, and we have done much to establish a backyard garden where there had only been dry grass, a couple of straggly rose bushes and a hibiscus tree!So far we have discovered and weeded out garden beds against the sides of the house and planted various herbs, daisies, natives, strawberries, rhubarb, hellebores, wallflowers, pig face, lupins, forget-me-nots, succulents, violets, violas, lambs ears, silver dust... We also erected a round herb bed (which we later discovered previous tenants had once started their own herb spiral!) with a lemon tree in the centre. We set up some apple crates as wicking beds, and built our own long no-dig beds out the front. We put in a line of raspberries, red currants and blueberries against the front fence. We planted a number of trees too - japanese maple, chestnut, different kinds of oaks, ornamental plum, dwarf pomegranate, and fig... And about two months ago we put up a 12 metre long polytunnel hot house (the metal frame and railway sleepers were gifted to us by friends and the horticultural grade plastic we ordered online) - it's now filled with mushroom compost and the first of the summer seedlings  - tomatoes, chillies, basil, cucumbers, corn, sunflowers, eggplant and melons. I am making use of it's heat to start off seedlings for planting outside too - pumpkins, zucchinis, silver beet, lettuce, beans and more flowers than I can name...

I have a habit of being overly ambitious for my Summer garden but I am learning the limitations of being a mama to two small people and helping my love run a business. So I am trying to sow (and plant) only what we like to eat and in quantities I think we can realistically get through, with a little left for preserves and ferments of course. I still feel such a novice to growing food, especially in this particular climate, and it has been such a hot and dry Spring so far - who can say what the next season will bring!

Still, we put on our green thumbs, we mulch and weed, we watch oaks grow and water as the sun sets... it is good for the soul, this growing.