Welcome to Awara Garden, be inspired. I'll talk about how I transformed lawn into a productive paradise, forage gardening philosophy and how it translates in practice. Enjoy a chat and garden tea post tour. Children welcome and free.
Amongst the straight lines and hard surfaces of the city, the wild greenery of our yard offers a place to take a deep breath and remember that we humans are nature too.
Our 840m rental property on Wurundjeri Country (Pascoe Vale, Melbourne) was once entirely lawn. It's has been transformed into a forage haven. Within three years it provided our household of four with around 70 per cent of vegetables year-round. There are around 100 types of edible and medicinal plants, including fruits, berries, herbs, teas, bush foods and edible weeds, as well as plants for bees, biodiversity and soil health. Fast-growing fruit trees provided a harvest quickly. The gardens were established using chickens and carpet to control runner grass and problem weeds.
Now established our garden mostly grows itself, and we forage in it. The main 'work' we do is sowing seed and building soil with a range of no-dig techniques. We 'chop and drop' some plants. Plants are encouraged to self-sow and seeds are mixed and scattered randomly. We also plant a few seedlings. Soil is improved with living mulches, green manures, horse manure and straw. The garden is watered minimally, with a sprinkler and DIY grey water. The garden also includes children play spaces, a pond, a nature strip garden and a share box.
We welcome you to our garden.
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Or contact Leila Alexandra