about this blog

I started this blog in 2008. It started mainly as a way of tracking the evolution of my dry garden, and that led to an interest in photography and in the creatures that live in the garden. It's still about the garden and wildlife, but now my passion is thinking about how we humans can learn to co-exist with wild animals and plants, especially in urban areas.

Monday, 28 April 2008

news item

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.

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