The first day of Spring is always a day that's looked forward to in our home. There's the promise of the days slowly getting warmer and of course the excitement of a new growing season.
We live in Northland on a small urban section. Gardening started as a bit of a hobby a few years ago, but as produce prices steadily increase we're putting more thought into what we grow and why. We moved to our current home at the end of the first 2020 lockdown. To give you a little bit of background the entire section was in weed mat and bark so there was a lot of work to be done.
Over the past two years we've put in four large raised vegetables gardens (each 2.4m x 1.2m), a variety of summer berries, and several fruit trees. We've also developed a passion for experimenting with growing subtropicals. During the warmer seasons, we aim to grow a lot from seed. I have a seven year old boy who also enjoys helping out in the garden and learning how to grow his own veggies. He's definitely a seasonal gardener, as he has very little interest over the cooler months haha.
We've also introduced a new little family tradition where he chooses a meal he'd like to learn how to cook each Monday night. We then cook together, with the added luxury of fresh vegetables straight from our own gardens.
As we only have a small 300m2 section, my goal is to be as productive as I can with the limited space we do have. We focus on adding structures for vertical gardening, companion planting, and also growing in containers.
We haven't participated in the growing challenge for a couple of years, but are looking forward to connecting with everyone again and meeting some new gardeners along the way too. :)