“Hi there Greg.
I discovered your podcast a few months ago and I’m enjoying it immensely. All your guests are very interesting and I love hearing about how others garden. I especially enjoyed the interview with Perrine Herve-Gruyer and I ended up buying their book Miraculous Abundance.
I live with my husband and two children in Adelaide, South Australia. It’s a city of a little over 1 million people and we live about 6km from the CBD in the inner suburbs. We are lucky to have a large block for the middle of the city. It’s 750 square metres which is about one fifth of an acre I think. A lot of that is taken up with the house, shed, trampoline, swing set and a 40,000 litre rainwater tank. There is also a large overhanging eucalyptus tree on one side which is very difficult to garden under.
All the remaining space is taken up with my fruit and veg garden. I have 14 fruit trees, 6 raised beds and lots of no-dig beds at ground level. I’m able to grow about 80% of our veggies and a large proportion of our fruit. Some of the trees are still small so in the future I’ll be able to have nearly all our fruit growing in our garden. We also have 4 chickens. They are moulting at the moment as it’s Autumn so they haven’t laid any eggs for a week.
On the first day of spring last year, 1st September 2016, I started a challenge to produce 150kg (about 300 pounds) of produce from my garden in one year. I have already produced 125kg in nearly 7 months so I’m pretty sure I’ll pass my goal of 150kg. I’ve had 15kg of potatoes, 23 kg of peaches, 17kg of tomatoes, 8kg of cucumbers, 10kg of zucchini and many other things. My pear and apple trees are laden with fruit and there is still all the winter vegies like cabbages and broccoli to come. Mandarins in winter too. Maybe next year I could have a goal of 200kg in a year. With careful planning and permaculture methods it’s amazing how much you can grow in a small space with very little cash outlay. We buy peastraw from a friend’s farm to use as mulch and as litter in the chicken house. We have a racecourse 10 minutes’ drive away and can get free horse manure from there. Our neighbour gives us his lawn clippings for compost and we give him compost in return. I buy seeds and small amounts of potting mix.
Your podcast always inspires me to keep doing more in my garden and to try new ideas to improve it. Thank you for producing such a great podcast.
–Sarah G., Adelaide, South Australia