A few years ago my partner and I bought our dream property in Raglan. We saw so much potential for garden space and absolutely fell in love.
By Patricia: Czech/Austrian Roots, loving life in NZ
Garden size: 3.5m x 1.8m (6.3m2)
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When we bought it we started off with a few in-ground vege beds and planted more fruit trees. I soon relised that with all the animals around (rabbits and possums) along with our chickens, it might be a better decision to build a few raised garden beds which works well. Currently I have five raised garden beds that I grow most of our veges in, and our in-ground beds are now full of flowers (I’m totally addicted to dahlias and even named my chickens after my favourites!), shrubs and trees. The goal is to be more sustainable and self-sufficient. I love knowing where my food comes from, and being able to enjoy crops that are in season. I try to follow no dig principles and add natural fertilisers, like Tui Organic Seaweed, chicken poop, worm wee and compost.
Our property is full of trees (natives and exotics), raised vege beds close to the house and in full sun. We also started a little orchard on the other side of our property with enough space to keep expanding it. We really grow a bit of everything; flowers: mainly dahlias, roses, peonies and lilies; veges like lettuce greens, beans, peas, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, leeks, onions, potatoes and herbs. Our fruit trees include different plum and apple varieties, pears, nashis, olives, cherries and avocados. We would like to add a few macadamia trees soon. There’s always lots of ideas!
Every summer I get super excited about growing different tomato varieties, and naturally with tomatoes there comes basil. Cos lettuce is my absolute favourite basic you will find in our garden all-year round as we eat it a lot. Broad beans and peas are also favourites of mine, they’re so yum and easy to grow! If I could
recommend one product for the garden it would be Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic (my plants just love it) and I can’t live without my wheel barrow and secateurs, I pretty much use these every day.