This post is about our last Food Swap and Ali’s garden.
It’s been far too long since we’ve been to one of our local Food Swap Sunday get togethers. Sunday’s are tricky for us nowadays – one week is church, the other is spent with Pete’s kids but hopefully we’ll be able to do a bit of juggling to try and fit more Food Swaps in over the next few months because I’m really, really missing them.
This last Food Swap was at Ali’s place. I have been busting to visit Ali’s garden since the very first time I met her, which happened to be at one of the first of our Food Swap get togethers. I knew Ali was an avid gardener and those avid gardener types always have such lovely and inspiring gardens. What a treat it was. Would you like me to show you around the place?
Come on …
Ali and her family have lived on their property for the past 20 years. It’s always so lovely to see a well established garden. The orchard is powering along and trees provide shade for under plantings as well as busy, sweaty gardeners needing a bit of shelter from the sun.
In the beginning, Ali and her partner built the shed and a studio (which is the white and blue trimmed building you can see through the arbour). They spent the next 10 years establishing the garden and building their house which they have now lived in for about 10 years.
This is the Blue Bottle tree. It sits just outside the studio and adds a lovely talking point as people arrive at Ali’s place and meander through her garden.
The orchard is full of all sorts of delicious fruit and nuts. Not only does it provide Ali’s family with yummy edible supplies but it looks gorgeous too, especially in Spring with all of these pink and white blossoms.
Bluebells and californian poppies and violets and bulbs cover the ground of Ali’s huge flower gardens. So pretty and so functional for keeping the weeds down.
this photo was taken by Ali’s sister.
And how gorgeous are these Chinese geese? They suggest wander around the garden eating snails and grass and not doing any real damage to the plants. So cute!
My favourite part of Ali’s garden is her veggie garden. Not only does it provide her family with yummy stuff to eat it is also so lovely to look at. Poppies and little pansies and even some blue bells sit prettily along side leafy greens and asparagus.
Ali’s husband came up with a really cool idea for raised veggie beds. He has used cut off star pickets and chicken wire to create raised beds and then filled the space with straw and soil. The beds look great and they are so easy to make. I’m going to build one on a spare space I have in my veggie garden. It’s a spot where I can’t seem to grow much except weeds. The soil is pretty crappy there and needs to be raised up and helped along. I’ll keep you posted on that.
The berries in Ali’s garden are given these lovely, simple timber structures to grow on.
It’s always so inspiring to visit someone else’s garden. I had such a great time meandering around Ali’s, listening to her garden stories and soaking in the gorgeousness that she has created with hard work and dedication.
Thanks heaps, for having us, Ali:)