The gardening bug is contagious. Wherever I go more and more people are taking up growing veggies, fruit and herbs, even in the smallest spaces. It is so encouraging but not surprising since food is so central to our lives. There is a real resurgence in people’s interest in how food is grown, what chemicals are used, whether food is genetically modified, if it is labelled properly, whether it is a heritage variety and where and when it was grown.
People are sick of having to buy food that is grown on the other side of the world or has been in cold storage for years or worse still might be sprayed with any cocktail of chemicals without labelling. The great thing about this increased interest is that it is translating into changed behaviour as people get going with their own gardening experiments.
Meet my niece, Anne Maree who lives in northern Tasmania. She is a chef by profession and has taken to gardening like a duck to water. She began constructing a vegetable garden using raised beds on her property earlier in the year and now has a well established garden and is harvesting her own herbs and veg.
One great idea she has implemented is using spouting with holes drilled in the bottom in three tiers along the wall. She has strawberries planted and waters the top tier which then drips on and waters those below it. Not only does it save space, but it is easily netted against the birds.
I have no doubt that garden beds are going to be on Christmas wish lists all around Australia this year.