Why I Garden

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I consider myself an average person trying to supply enough things from our garden to satisfy all our family’s needs as well as have some to share and give away.

I live near Tamworth, NSW, Australia in a valley which is reasonably protected from many of the extremes experienced more on the plains, however, some of our winter frosts spill from the New England Tablelands being brought by katabatic winds.  As a result, some of our gardening techniques have been adapted to get more due to the colder starts and shorter sunlit days.

Our latitude is 31°S and being a couple of hundred kilometres inland, our climatic circumstances would equal many across inland temperate Australia away from the coastal influence with a reasonable winter and summer rainfall distribution.  The winter temperatures can go as low as -10° on a frosty morning and into the low 40°s during summer afternoons.  Although we live in a 670mm rainfall zone, the rain can be irregular meaning we cannot successfully garden without some form of irrigation set up using both stored fresh rainwater and have access to bore water.

My working career ended abruptly in mid 2000 with serious illness which meant some major changes in my life.  I have concerns with numerous allergies so have had to take control of the things I associate with or take into my body to relieve symptoms and try to retrieve some of my previous health and hopefully improve it with time.

I have always had an intense interest in gardening from about age four, both with annual and perennial plants and over my life have been involved with developing quite a few gardens.  I love to create then recycle as many nutrients as is possible in my garden.  I grow things out of season and eat out of season too!  My experiences have been accumulating so that now I feel confident to be able to share many of these things including when to plant and harvest.  Hopefully I can tell you things which you can’t find written in the text books and things the experts forget to tell you.

I was trained in agronomy and botany so my love of plants will become evident as time goes by.  I started collecting weed samples when I was 10 and my working career was involved with weed control so over the years I developed a broad knowledge of plant identification and control methods for weeds while encouraging favourable plants.

As earth’s resources rapidly diminish I have become even more aware for the need to become sustainable in all our endeavours, so we employ various photovoltaic apparatus’ and tweak our home environment to reduce our carbon footprint.

I enjoy life and with it being fairly restricted I hope you appreciate where I am coming from and the things I can share with you.

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