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MEETING AN OLDIE IS NOT SO PAINFUL. LINGER AND GIVE IT A GO
I invite you to visit also my literary blog: Journeys in Creative Writing where I post original fiction including short stories, poetry and 'Paternity', a full length mystery novel.
You can't beat a backyard veggie garden when it comes to providing nutritious food for the family and saving money at the same time.
I have a tiny traditional height garden but I'm still able to produce sufficient veggies to save myself dollars every week.
One of my favourite parts of the day is when I wander into the garden in the evening to pluck beans, salad or herbs to add zing to my evening meal.
More and more people around the seaside towns of the Northern Rivers region of NSW are doing the same thing. I think the whole world should catch this beneficial disease!
In the past two years there has been increasing interest in the hip high veggie gardens displayed at the local garden centre owned by my daughter and son-in-law John (pictured at top).
Bloggie friends have been asking me about the gardens since I included this pic in a post a couple of weeks ago.
They not only grow great food but elderly people and even those confined to wheel chairs can still tend their own home gardens with one of these beauties.
Just imagine - no more bad backs and no more bending over to weed.
Today I'll explain how to get one going for yourself.
Lynne and John tell me that although they have had great success with their Aussie corrugated iron versions, it's fine to build your own with old railway sleepers or concrete for instance.
John suggests half filling the hip high beds with around a cubic metre of drainage gravel, topped with good quality organic garden soil.
He recommends separating these two layers with permeable shade cloth to prevent the soil sinking into the gravel but allowing the passage of moisture.
After that lace the top with plenty of organic composted manures and all round fertiliser.
Then it's a matter of choosing a variety of vegetable seedlings and you're away!
This little setup can keep you in veggies for years if you top up the compost and fertilisers now and then and rotate the types of plants in each spot.
These days horticulturists realise that most plants love living closely cheek by jowl, and that this prevents the growth of weeds as well. Gone are the days of ordered rows ...
You'll be surprised how much can be grown in a small space. And there's no need to stop at veggies.
Plant a fruit tree instead of an ornamental shrub and you'll win every time!
Are people growing more food in their gardens where you live? Have you ever had a veggie garden?
And by the way if you enjoy a rip roaring yarn with a fair sprinkling of Australiana - have a look at Journeys in Creative Writing my literary blog. I'm serialising my novel called Paternity and it's free viewing!
Currumbin Waters, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
I'm past my 70th birthday and undaunted.
So far I can look back on probably a dozen different phases in my life, all producing deeply felt experience:
- A barefoot carefree childhood in an Australian seaside town
- Work as a young journalist in the days of hot metal and male chauvinism
- Dipping my toe into real life in Sydney the big city
- Marriage and precious motherhood
- A second career in corporate public relations management
- Another marriage and disillusion
- Battles for financial justice in the law courts
- Re-jigging a career
- At 60 my first university degree (Creative Writing and Australian History majors)
- Fighting sometimes lost causes
- Sneaky aches and pains of the approach of age
- Living on a pension.
All fodder for writing and a valuable background for the development of what could become one day an incisive point of view.
My blogs may become a way of answering the question: 'What's next?'