Today Jamie and I, along with other members of the Facebook group Garden Share Adelaide, met at the home of Glenda and Rob for a garden tour, produce share and chat.
Glenda and Rob have spent the last twenty months restoring the 3000 square metre garden, as it had been neglected for twelve years by the previous owner and was almost completely overgrown with ivy. What they have done in such a short time is truly remarkable .
The front garden has many beautiful old trees that provide shade for the lawn area.
A creek runs through the middle of the front garden and access to the house is over a bridge – I must admit I am very envious of that creek!
The garden is divided in two by the long driveway, one side is newly being established as a native garden whilst the other will be a berry garden. Cherry trees and blueberry bushes are growing well.
A number of fruit trees have also been planted. A pear is already giving fruit.
An enormous willow towers over one side of the creek – it was absolutely magnificent!
Glenda weaves the fronds into wreathes and lets them dry, they are then used as fire-starters for their wood heater.
The backyard is very steep and the couple have levelled out a terrace near the top. This will be used as a future chook run. Rob is as proud of his solar panels as Jamie is of ours 🙂
In the garden leading up to the terrace Glenda has planted many varieties of mint including peppermint, chocolate mint, spearmint, lemon balm, Vietnamese mint and Eau-de-cologne mint. The smell was sensational.
There were also flowers here and there for the bees.
To the side was the very prolific vegetable garden.
Many of the beds were wooden crates bought from an onion farm. Lined with plastic and filled with straw, soil and compost they are working exceptionally well.
An old Hill’s Hoist is being used as a stake for climbing plants such as cucumbers and beans. At the top of the property was the largest Prickly Pear I have ever seen!
We were particularly taken with the gorgeous Black Russian tomatoes.
Jamie had a serious case of cucumber envy – ours have been a sad failure this year.
After the tour we sat and chatted while feasting on gorgeous scones, cinnamon rolls and other tasty treats. We all bought produce and plants to share, sadly I forgot to ask Jamie to takes photos of this amazing bounty. We took along eggplants and lots of squash and came home with a daikon, capsicums, basil seedlings and a skeleton fern.
We also picked up a purple verbena which I promptly planted in the lavender bed when we got home.
We had a lovely morning and will certainly go again to meet-ups in the future. We will be sure to have one at our place soon too which, though much smaller, has been producing lots of great organic produce lately.
If you live in Adelaide and want to join like minded gardening folk to share produce, stories, advice, or land, check out the Garden Share Adelaide facebook page here.