Backyard Wasteland to Edible Food Garden

We recently had to move house (for the 3rd time in 2 and a half years) because (again) our landlord sold our house. This time we’re in a long-term rental with a wonderful landlord who actually (believe it or not!) wants us to use the yard for chooks, vegies etc. Yes, that’s right: he WANTS us to! This is a dream come true for us, because we’ve wanted to do something like this for SO long, but it’s usually difficult, if not impossible, when renting.

The challenge is that the backyard currently has a massively overgrown weed problem, coupled with plain grass on top of hard dirt! The weed problem has been overwhelming & getting us down a bit, and as we’ve started to get rid of them we’ve discovered an even bigger problem: huge root systems (as in, TRUNKS!) that we’re going to need to get rid of too!

Whilst feeling overwhelmed and disheartened about that, we figured it might help if we actually PLANTED something! So today we did it. We planted a passionfruit vine!! We chose the one part of the yard where there actually ISN’T weeds, which made it heaps easier.

It took me so long to work out the best way of doing that (and in the end we’ve pretty much just bunged it in), that I’m a bit worried how long it’s going to take us to do the rest LOL! I tend to read LOTS and plan LOTS and actually DO…. little. My ideas and planning can paralyze me. I tend to spend so much time planning and learning, that I hold back from actually “doing”.

So yeah, it’s going to be a huge learning curve for all of us. But fun along the journey too, I hope. And in the end?  Well, you never know, we just might end up with some food to eat! 🙂

Digging the hole for the passionfruit, capably supervised by big brother. Actually, to be honest, he also did some of the digging. :)
Digging the hole for the passionfruit, capably supervised by big brother. Actually, to be honest, he also did some of the digging. 🙂
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I really don’t have a green thumb. See! Even my gardening gloves are brown. So let’s hope this plant thrives! At least Molly’s thumbs appear to be green!
Done! See, it really wasn't that hard after all!
Done! See, it really wasn’t that hard after all!

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Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.

4 thoughts on “Backyard Wasteland to Edible Food Garden”

  1. Butterfly, the soil quality is pretty poor actually, but we're hoping for the best. We added some blood & bone (gross!) when we planted it. I had planned to put a liver in the hole (not mine!) cuz I'd heard that's the old fashioned thing to do, to add nutrients etc, but just didn't get around to it. I figured it would be gross, but the kids would be fascinated by it LOL!Oh, I did find some chunks of coal in the soil! Not sure if that improves the quality at all! 🙂

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