an interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

Over on our other blog, Gluttonous Adventures, we  have just shared an interview with Pete on growing our own food. It is going to be a two part series of interviews and guess who the second interview person will be? Yep, you’re right.

Anyway, we thought we’d also share it here on Feather & Nest mainly  because it really is a big part of our lives and also I know that lots of you guys love to grow your own food as well. I hope you don’t mind the bit of a double up. These two blogs have cross overs that we really think are valuable for both of our readers. But please let us know if you don’t agree. We are so open to your thoughts and ideas and we would love a much more community feel here so don’t be shy to voice your opinions:)

OK, here it is then, Part 1of our two part series: an interview with Pete on growing our own food.

 

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

Where did your love of growing food come from?

My Aunty Joy, who I was really close to growing up,  had a veggie garden.  She had really long, rounded, tiered veggie beds. I always remember her strawberry patch which was an entire bed dedicated to strawberries. I always wanted to eat them. And I did! It’s probably the reason I have my own strawberry patch.  Aunty Joy’s passion for growing food really got me keen to do the same.

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

When did you make your first veggie garden?

I was around 10 or 11. I wanted to build my own veggie patch just like Aunty Joy’s so I did, out the back of the unit were lived in outer suburbia, Melbourne! I built it out of some sleepers. I got some blood and bone and gypsum to make the soil better because I knew the soil was pretty crappy. Aunty Joy told me what it needed. Then I added soil and manure. I can’t remember where I got the soil and manure from or how I came across the sleepers for the beds either. I just remember feeling really determined to build a veggie patch just like Aunty Joy’s.

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

What are you growing right now in the garden?

Strawberries, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, egg plant, thyme, chives, oregano, marjoram, curry, fennel, mint, potatoes, some brassicas. I’ll be putting more in soon.

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

 

What are your favourite  foods to grow?

Fruit trees because of my love for making preserves and jams. I like to see the long rewards. Fruit trees are a patient wait. And the more you wait the more you get. Fruit trees have a multi-purpose – you eat them picked fresh straight off the tree, you can cook it, you can preserve it you can make it into jam. Fruit is just so versatile.

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

What is it that you love most about growing your own food?

Cooking with it and eating it in a meal. It always tastes better than the shop bought version. You don’t look at blemishes in the veggies you grow as an inferior product, like you would in a supermarket.  You simply cut it off and work with it. You expect a weird sense of perfection from  supermarket fruit and veggies.

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

Can you take us for a bit of a wander around your garden?

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

The back veggie beds. Three big beds out the back as well as most of my fruit trees.

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

Spinach and strawberry bed. All of my beds and the fruit trees have a watering system set up so it’s easy watering.

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food
an interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

The olive tree is doing really well on the north west.

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

Around the front part of my garden {east} is one veggie bed and some more fruit trees. This is the newest addition to my veggie garden and I plan to use it for mainly quick picking plants.

 

 

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

My stairs and rockery grow mainly herbs and succulents. The herbs really love this well drained position. I’ve recently edged the base of this bank with railway sleepers.

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own foodan interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

Have you got any goals or plans for your garden?

I’ve recently added kiwi fruit to my garden and I’ve planted them at the base of my front veggie bed. I’d like to add a metal structure over the whole bed to give the kiwi something to grow onto.

I’d also like to add a more formal set up to my orchard and turn it into an orchard room. A lovely lady suggested it to me and because she has such wonderful suggestions I am going to go with it {this may or may not have been edited by the editor}. So I will be adding more fruit trees in the front section so that they all meet up and form a rectangular shape with a large path {drive through} through the centre. This will also allow for the kids to have plenty of play space in the middle section.

In the more distant future I would like to line my entire driveway with kiwi fruit and grapes.

 

an interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

Pete reckons that his garden isn’t really photo worthy. Hello! I so disagree. He isn’t as into the pretty stuff as I am in my garden and he’s much more the practical one when it comes to growing food {and everything else in our life!} but I think his garden is beautiful to look at and also work in. I love taking photos of his place. His garden is surrounded by this most amazing view and you just can’t help noticing it wherever you look. I guess his garden is pretty masculine and mine is definitely feminine.  I think they both reflect our personalities and needs pretty well.

What do you think?

Next up will be my veggie garden which I know you’ve seen a lot of here so it may be a little yawn fest for you. I hope not.

 

So, how about you? What’s your veggie garden look like? We’d love to see it.

What is it that you love most about growing your own food? Leave a comment here or email us or pop over onto our facebook page and join in the discussion. Maybe you don’t grow your own food. If not, what is stopping you?  We want to hear from you too! Please drop us a line. That would be really lovely.

Kim & Pete xx