I have lived in this house for 15 years.
During that time (due to laziness, depression, lack of organisation, A grade efforts in procrastination, lack of support and general lack of knowledge) I have not managed to establish any sort of decent garden and it is something I seriously regret because if I had been organised I would have had some lovely shade trees and created micro climates that would have helped make the garden I dream about when I look in magazines and books.
My garden is only small but I dream of fruit trees, a herb garden and a vegetable garden like I remember from my childhood, this garden helped to feed us with many wonderful and varied vegetables and I remember being amazed by what my dad could manage to grow.
I have made a start, my mother gave me three miniature fruit trees that are the grafted kind with three varieties on each. I would have preferred full-sized trees with ideas of planning an orchard (on a small-scale of course) around them but I will take what I have been given and work with it. I think for my birthday this year I will ask for more fruit trees from my family…..this means I need to research what grows well and easy in my area to make sure I am not fighting against the odds with what I plant in my ground.
I also have just put in some tomato, capsicum and chilli plants. The chilli plants I have used on my front porch, planted up in some pots that I have had for a long time that I originally had cactus plants in, they never did well and it just looked wrong. I am quite happy with the effect that this has created on what is a really cruddy looking space to be greeting everyone with. I have staked and planted the tomatoes against the back fence next to what herbs I already have in the ground (apple mint, thyme, oregano and chives) this has been mulched with some hay as I slowly work form a corner against the back porch, digging deep to remove all the invasive runners from this horrible mix of lawn that I have that seems to take over everything.