Lorraine’s garden gave her the challenge of difficult soil. She learned to overcome this and create a productive garden with edible and ornamental plants. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
First of all how would you describe your garden? (What do you grow? What is your climate like? )
Temperate though I think it is getting hotter and drier.
I have different areas – A corner block I grow WA natives all along one verge, always a great display of everlastings each year. Cottage garden roses, salvias, stock lots of perennials all shaded by a beautiful Jacaranda tree.
My favourite area a semi tropical look I get with Frangipani, Odontonema, Ginger , Bauhinias and Hibiscus.
Fruit and veg – Mango, Citrus, Figs, Raspberries and Blueberries, grapes and seasonal veges.
Also a pond and bog garden and lots of tadpoles and frogs. I grow a lot of lettuce to feed the tadpoles to stop them eating my water lillies!
How did you get started in gardening?
My mother was a wonderful gardener
What motivates you to get up and garden?
Just being alive! Always making changes and trying to improve things
What were some of the unexpected hurdles in your garden? How did you deal with them?
Alkalinity of ph 8.5. Lots and lots of manures to build up the soil. Iron chelates for the Mango. Learning to grow things that suit the soil
What were some of the unexpected benefits from gardening?
Fitness and always something to do
Is there a gardening moment that stands out for you?
My first home grown Mango
What has your garden taught you?
Grow things that suit your soil type
If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
Mango or course
What tips would you offer first time gardeners?
Look at what is growing well in other people’s gardens.
Grow plants that suit your soil type, it is very difficult to change the ph.
If growing natives try to get plants from your region they will perform well and look good.
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