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The Age newspaper had an article a couple of days ago about how Melbourne gardeners are responding to the drought and tough watering restrictions. They are growing vegetables more than flowers. No chemicals is a big motivator, and growing their own helps cut down food kilometres, packaging and expense. And more than 2500 gardeners have signed an online petition requesting exemptions from the watering restrictions for home gardeners because twice a week is not sufficient for veggies. Clive Blaizey from Diggers Club says only 20% of sales now are flowers.

I am in a minority. My main garden aim remains to create a harmonious and beautiful picture without water apart from rain. The herbs and fruit I get are a welcome bonus but definitely not the main aim.