Gardening is one of David’s creative outlets. His edible garden in Sydney is a place to learn, appreciate nature’s beauty and enjoy the bountiful harvest. Thanks David for sharing your garden story with us.
First of all how would you describe your garden? (What do you grow? What is your climate like? )
An organic backyard in Sydney with 60 fruit trees, chickens, raised vegetable beds, bees and many types of flowers to feed the bee hive. There’s olives, pomegranates, avocados, lychees, blueberries and lots more.
How did you get started in gardening?
I’m a photographer and while working I saw Italian migrant backyards full of fruit and vegetables growing. The owners loved being out in those backyards and the food from them was great. There’s also health and creativity. Pathways, seating, water, animals, sculpture and planting, you’re always making and enjoying a picture you’re in.
What motivates you to get up and garden?
Watching the trees and flowers grow is the biggest pleasure. You go out there just to see if there’s some new growth and then sometime in late spring it’s all perfect, flowers everywhere, fruit hanging, the sound of water, the smells and even the insects and you made it.
What were some of the unexpected hurdles in your garden? How did you deal with them?
There’s a lot to learn. Don’t plant trees too close, they grow. A greenhouse is great. Organic works. Don’t believe everything you read, olive trees love water and fertiliser. You can plant 3 varieties of one fruit tree in the same hole and hey presto three different, apples or three different citrus or three different types of macadamia from what appears like one tree. Get a cat. Roses are great and easy.
What were some of the unexpected benefits from gardening?
A sense of purpose. Community with meeting local gardeners. Appreciating other gardens. Giving avocados and honey to friends. The occasional compliment. The taste of fresh picked strawberries.
Is there a gardening moment that stands out for you?
Two things, the endless of avocados from one very fruitful tree and the smell of lemon myrtle and orange blossom.
What has your garden taught you?
Follow your own ideas, of course listen to advice, most gardeners love to talk but in the end if you’re about to do something different, you’ll be happier if you just do. Gardens look like their creators and that’s good.
If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
An avocado, my super fit body shape.
What tips would you offer first time gardeners?
You can plant for prettiness, smell, food or growth. Or you can do them all. Soil preparation is crucial. Find the genius in your local nursery, there’s always one. For fruit and veges plant what you eat. Keep planting flowers all year not just spring.
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