23 August, 2011

After my recent decision to commit myself to growing the majority of my own fruit and veg I clearly was feeling a bit under pressure and had to escape and headed up to Sydney (actually no, I had been planning this weekend away for a while, but the timing seemed amusing). And while I was up there I managed to check out the kitchen garden at Vaucluse House for some veg growing inspiration.

I first found out about the gardens at Vaucluse House by reading about them in one of my favourite gardening books - Kitchen Gardens of Australia. I highly recommend it for gardening inspiration (not to mention envy!).

So of course while I was up north I had to check it out, and it didn't disappoint! It was a great mix of vegetables and fruit with apple trees at the edges of the main beds, and a whole bed of alpine strawberries.

I did laugh privately at the dad who was taking his young child for a wander through the garden while I was there and pointing out the spinach (it was silverbeet) and the turnips (it was khol rabi)...

It did also make me want to try and grow pineapple, though I'm not sure how they would go down in Melbourne. I can but try...

So now that I'm all inspired I just need to get growing!


  1. Looks fantastic! I shall have to get hold of the book you mentioned - I don't think I've seen it before.

    1. It is worth looking for! I hope you find a copy.