Remember the scene in Crocodile Dundee when New York thugs pull a knife on Dundee and he produces his huge machete and says something like, “That’s not a knife, This is a knife!”
Well that is how it feels when I see a veggie garden like that of my friends Bill and Sue who live on Tasmania’s east coast. I have fruit and veggies in my garden but theirs is something to behold.
Only three years ago their garden was burnt in the devastating bush fires that ravaged the area and so everything that you can see in this photo has been planted since then or in the case of some of the sedges and native trees, they have thankfully recovered.
The area is fenced with floppy wire to keep the possums out and a drip irrigation system has been installed to water the entire area.
Bill has numerous citrus trees with everything from loquats, to oranges and limes as well as several varieties of lemons. He has strawberries, raspberries, avocadoes, apples, potatoes, greens of all kinds, kiwi fruit, mulberries, apricots, peacharines, herbs garlic and so on and so forth.
In the middle of his beds he has worm farms in pipes so that as he weeds or harvests veggies and takes off outside leaves he can put the green waste straight into the pipes and the tea fertilises the garden.
He even has a cool climate banana and we are all waiting anxiously to see if it ever fruits.
Digging in a green manure crop was on the agenda when I left. This summer they will have a bumper harvest and the Fowler’s preserving kit will be given a real work out. It gladdens the heart to see such healthy food and return for effort.