Meet justin @urbanfarmer2570
from sydney, australia 🇦🇺 “i first became inspired to grow food from following my father around our family farm when i was very young . unfortunately he passed away when i was 5 and we had to move off the farm into a typical house in the outer suburbs of sydney . this is where my mum and grandparents became my gardening inspiration.
i have worked in the printing industry as a web printer for 18 years, printing mainly magazines and junk mail. gardening is a great stress reliever and helps me forget about the pressures of work.
i grow a vast variety of vegetables all year round, i must admit i do prefer winter/spring crops over summer as our summers can be very difficult when dealing with scorching heat . last week we hit temperatures of 47 degrees celsius!
my winter/spring harvest typically consists of broccoli, peas, silverbeet, spring onions, onions, cabbage, asparagus, carrots and potatoes. my summer/autumn crops consist of a variety of pumpkins, watermelons, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, peppers, zucchini, corn and a variety of beans . i also have 3 productive bee hives plus a hive of native stingless bees which are great for pollination.
having limited space i’m very conscious of crop rotation and giving the beds a rest after each growing season . after this summer crop i’m going to grow a green manure crop over each bed to dig back into the soil.
i’ve been an active member of our local community garden for around 6 years now. we have a mixture of private and communal areas which are all planted and maintained by volunteers such as myself.
try and grow some of your food. don’t be afraid to fail, the best lessons learnt are often from failure. also ask questions, you will find many gardeners in the community that are a wealth of experience and knowledge and they’re always happy to share!” @humanswhogrowfood
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