In january of 2011, Our family of five lived off garden produce from our suburban front yard for one week, and we didnt loose any weight...unfortunately. It was an experience that changed the way we thought about food and the value of a suburban garden. This year we aim to extend our sustainable food production beyond our suburban front yard, and into our local community and neighbourhood, beginning a community orchard and local food swap. One backyard just isnt enough!
Our very first vegetable patch only consisted of lettuce, carrots, shallots, spinach and garlic. Since then, we have continued to add to our list of fruit and vegetables, so that nowadays, we grow and harvest a wide range of lovely home grown food. Each year we plant all the old favourites, like tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, beans, spuds and zucchini's, to the more exotic, such as quince, cape gooseberries, yacon, Jerusalem Artichoke, loganberries, and macadamia nuts. In the years to come, we hope to be picking fruit from our young pear and apple trees, paw paw tree and Kiwi fruit vines, have a bee hive, and be a step closer to being as sufficient as possible on a suburban block.
We live in a temperate climate, and have chosen veggies that would best suit our local climate and conditions. Some say that Springwood in the Blue Mountains has the most temperate climate in Australia, meaning we can grow an extraordinary range of foods here.
If you are just starting veggie gardening and live in a similar climate, here is a chart that we use for planting our veggies. See what works for you, and keep a diary over the season. A great website that is helpful in finding what to grow when in your climate is www.gardenate.com.au We have found it a very useful guide.