I'm joining You Grow Girl's Grow Write Guild for the first time, and this week's topic is dream garden. Before I start, I'm keen to note that in my dream garden I am also a dream gardener, with a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to pull this dream garden off.
My dream garden sits on a 1-2 acre property, with my dream house in the centre. It is primarily a productive garden, built on the principles of permaculture. Every metre of ground is used purposefully and thoughtfully.
The garden has a small orchard of dwarf fruit trees providing ample fruit throughout the year. There are a few raised vegetable beds rotated with new veggies each season, providing enough vegetables for our needs. All the perennials (ginger, asparagus, rhubarb, rocket) sit separately and there are pots and plantings of companion flowers everywhere. As an artist, I'd have a few sculptures throughout the garden, as well as places to sit and watch, ponder, draw. There'd be a small area of lawn for entertaining and spending lazy afternoons. The garden would also host a zone of local natives and indigenous plantings to support local biodiversity and encourage local animal and insect species to wander. Close to the house would be a kitchen herb garden and a wood fire oven.
The garden would be fully sustainable, watered solely on rain and grey water, the structures made of reclaimed and repurposed brick, stone and wood. Vegetables would be heirloom varieties, and seeds from each season would be saved for the following year. We'd use green waste to feed our chickens in return for eggs and worms for fertiliser. Fallen branches and fast growing trees would be used for wood to heat our home and cook with our outdoor wood oven. Maybe we'd have a couple of goats for milk.
DREAM GARDEN BLISS.
What's your dream garden? Do you have a green thumb (or like me, wish you did)? Do you prefer a garden-less lifestyle?