Commercial Horticulture magazine October/November 2014 by Trish Hosking
This dunedin family has a long term vision for their small city garden: to set in place strong foundations for a abundant and enjoyable landscape that is long lasting and resilient.
The resulting design that we completed in 2013 for the whole section (both hard landscaping and a planting plan) includes a native garden for birds, a courtyard surrounded by herbs, a sturdy glasshouse and vegetable gardens integrated with fruit trees.
This project is a good example of the benefits of a staged installation where instead of having to get everything done at once we have been able to:
- Plant in the best seasons
- Utilise economical and ecological weed removal strategies such as: temporary weed matting to kill off weedy areas and weed piles & use biodegradable weed barriers under garden beds
- install as budget allows
- adapt plans as we get to know the site and as the site context evolves
Winter 2014 we started intstallation of the garden. To enhance a narrow and neglected but sunny side of the house we created a wide spaced pergola that will support three varieties of grapes. Also enclosing the narrow walk are summer and autumn raspberries. A central path and glass house went in first as good access was needed to the back section and these also act to define the garden spaces around them.
In spring 2016 we installed terraces on the sunny side of the main house for kitchen herbs and vegetables. We installed a retractable clothes line with recycled paving from on-site. Areas infested with couch weed were mulched with a biodegradable weed barrier (newspaper) and composted and mulched. We planted what we could at this time, more will be planted in winter.
- Lemon, Feijoa, Lavender, Rainbow grass & Verbena for bees were planted on the sunny bank.
- Uni – Berry, Chokeberry, Salaal Berry, Japanese Ginger, Rhubarb, Perennial Rocket, Lemon Balm, Lovage, Strawberries, Dwarf Comfrey & Feverfew were planted in the shade of the crab apple tree.
Planted in 2010 as part of the Dunedin Fringe festival events this living tree sculpture can be experienced during opening hours of Gallery on Blueskin in Waitati, be in quick, it will never be the same again.
In November 2014 at the Waitati Market the trees were successfully woven, we look forward to what happens next.
Thanks to Eveline Mimpen and others who spontaneously joined in the weaving