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Vegetable Garden Design

‘Gardening is a way about doing something significant about the greenhouse effect, soil degradation, the ozone layer, fossil fuel depletion, genetic diversity, wilderness preservation, recycling, just about everything' – Linda Woodrow


To us, a well designed veggie patch is all about providing fresh organic veggies year round with minimal work! It’s about maximising the health of the soil, the plants, ourselves, and the environment through growing things organically and sustainably.

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The vegetable garden comes to life!
 1) initial construction, 2) soil imporoving crops, and 3) six months on

Straight rows of veggies are out, and what’s in is an efficient, visually appealing, earth friendly design, based on circular vegetable beds. Key design elements that make our vegetable garden sustainable for us (minimal work!) and the environment are:

  • Mandala%20-%20amaranth.JPGLocating the veggie patch close to the house and the nursery to save walking
  • Rotating chickens onto the beds after each harvest to provide manure, pest and weed control, and soil aeration
  • Making compost with the chickens help right next to each veggie bed saves us having to cart compost and composting materials around.
  • Always focusing on building and maintaining soil fertility, and looking after the millions of critters in the soil that work hard for us aerating and improving the soil day and night. By having small circular beds and paths that allow you to reach the necessary areas of the beds without treading on them avoids damaging their hard work
  • Growing mulch plants right next to the veggie beds to save buying and carting around mulch
  • Ensuring vegetable beds are continually occupied means more food is produce in a smaller area - less area to manage, fewer weeds.
  • Planting ‘support plants’ to provide habitat and food for beneficial predatory insects
  • Choosing to grow perennial vegetables where possible, which last for years, and are a lot less work than annuals. Think perennial leeks, artichokes, asparagus, bush basil, salad burnet, stevia, sweet potato, chives….


For an overview of the vegetable garden design, click on the image below: