This blog is about my garden located in Melbourne, Australia, where summer heat and long periods without rain can make gardening a challenge. It is the gateway to a series of my blogs showing you how I deal with these conditions....John Ashworth 22/04/2017.
I've been retired since August 2010 and have spent a considerable amount of time since then developing a garden which depends (as much as possible) on sustainable inputs to maintain high soil fertility and excellent plant health.
My wife and I grow a substantial proportion of our largely organic diet, and deal with local environmental issues such as low, unpredictable rainfall, and excessive heat in summer using strategies to lower water consumption and shade plants when needed against hot windy weather and intense sunlight.
The region in which I live is warm temperate, which means I can grow some food crops continuously all year round, and seasonal crops are grown in between so that there is a near continuous supply of food. We don't have to worry too much about preserving and storing our produce, although we do both to some extent.
The purpose of this blog is to share my gardening experiences with as many people as possible. I do believe natures way of growing food provides the bestnutrition and health outcomes possible and it is folly tothink we can match or improve upon these processes developed naturally over the billions of years life has existed on this planet. The use of fossil fuels to drive highly efficient agriculture has, I think, impoverished the soil and the food products grown in it.