An Interview with Pete on Growing Our Own Food

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An Interview with Pete on Growing Our Own Food

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food will be part 1 of our two part series. Can you guess what part 2 will be? 

Yep, I’m sure you can. So, these  next couple of gluttonous posts are little pieces of our  food story. We thought we’d do something fun and interview one another about a mutual passion of ours – food growing. So I’ve got some questions for Pete about his love of food growing and he’s got a few for me some and we’ll share them with you and maybe you’d be happy to share with us what it is you love about growing your own food or even if you don’t grow your own food, what you think about the concept of it. We’d love to hear what you have to say. You can let us know here if you like. Please?

 

Both Pete and I have a passion and love for gardening. Each of our properties have gardens that we have developed over time and poured a lot of love, sweat and tears into. We grow lots of different things and both of us enjoy having flowers all around us. But I think the thing we love most about our gardens and gardening in general  is the growing of food. Each of our gardens have fruit trees, still in their early stages as our gardens are relatively new, berries, herbs and plenty of veggie beds. Most of our energy goes into the growing food part of our gardens and we love it when we have excess and it’s time for preserving and pickling. Mmmm, the fruits of our labour.

 

Anyway, you can hear more about Pete’s veggie garden love in his interview. We hope you enjoy!

 

Over to Pete …

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

Where did your love of growing food come from?

My Aunty Joy, who I was really close to growing up,  had a veggie garden.  She had really long, rounded, tiered veggie beds. I always remember her strawberry patch which was an entire bed dedicated to strawberries. I always wanted to eat them. And I did! It’s probably the reason I have my own strawberry patch.  Aunty Joy’s passion for growing food really got me keen to do the same.

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

When did you make your first veggie garden?

I was around 10 or 11. I wanted to build my own veggie patch just like Aunty Joy’s so I did, out the back of the unit were lived in outer suburbia, Melbourne! I built it out of some sleepers. I got some blood and bone and gypsum to make the soil better because I knew the soil was pretty crappy. Aunty Joy told me what it needed. Then I added soil and manure. I can’t remember where I got the soil and manure from or how I came across the sleepers for the beds either. I just remember feeling really determined to build a veggie patch just like Aunty Joy’s.

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

What are you growing right now in the garden?

Strawberries, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, egg plant, thyme, chives, oregano, marjoram, curry, fennel, mint, potatoes, some brassicas. I’ll be putting more in soon.

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

 

What are your favourite  foods to grow?

Fruit trees because of my love for making preserves and jams. I like to see the long rewards. Fruit trees are a patient wait. And the more you wait the more you get. Fruit trees have a multi-purpose – you eat them picked fresh straight off the tree, you can cook it, you can preserve it you can make it into jam. Fruit is just so versatile.

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

What is it that you love most about growing your own food?

Cooking with it and eating it in a meal. It always tastes better than the shop bought version. You don’t look at blemishes in the veggies you grow as an inferior product, like you would in a supermarket.  You simply cut it off and work with it. You expect a weird sense of perfection from  supermarket fruit and veggies.

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

Can you take us for a bit of a wander around your garden?

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

The back veggie beds. Three big beds out the back as well as most of my fruit trees.

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

Spinach and strawberry bed. All of my beds and the fruit trees have a watering system set up so it’s easy watering.

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food
An interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

The olive tree is doing really well on the north west.

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

Around the front part of my garden {east} is one veggie bed and some more fruit trees. This is the newest addition to my veggie garden and I plan to use it for mainly quick picking plants.

 

 

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

My stairs and rockery grow mainly herbs and succulents. The herbs really love this well drained position. I’ve recently edged the base of this bank with railway sleepers.

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own foodAn interview with Pete on growing our own food

 Can you see that giant preying mantis to the right there?

 

Have you got any goals or plans for your garden?

I’ve recently added kiwi fruit to my garden and I’ve planted them at the base of my front veggie bed. I’d like to add a metal structure over the whole bed to give the kiwi something to grow onto.

I’d also like to add a more formal set up to my orchard and turn it into an orchard room. A lovely lady suggested it to me and because she has such wonderful suggestions I am going to go with it {this may or may not have been edited by the editor}. So I will be adding more fruit trees in the front section so that they all meet up and form a rectangular shape with a large path {drive through} through the centre. This will also allow for the kids to have plenty of play space in the middle section.

In the more distant future I would like to line my entire driveway with kiwi fruit and grapes.

 

An interview with Pete on growing our own food

 

So that’s Pete’s food garden.

Next up will be Kim’s. Stay tuned.

 

Do you grow your own food? If you do, what do you love most about it? Please drop us a line and let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

xx

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