I moved to Hallidays Point in May 2022. While our new home had a small ornamental garden, for me having herbs and veggies was a must. So one of the first things I did was to look around to see what was growing in the neighbourhood. Given the coastal location and sandy soils, I was surprised at the variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers, ornamentals and even fruiting trees that were doing well.
I also planted a couple of poppy plants just for the pleasure. Since then we’ve added summer crops - cucumbers, capsicums, rhubarb, basil, and other herbs. The results have been amazing! It’s truly a delight to harvest produce on a daily basis.
As with any successful garden, the quality of the soil matters. We added perlite to a premium potting mix to help with aeration and drainage.
Coming from a garden with abundant citrus, it doesn’t seem right to have to buy lemons and limes, so we are now growing a Meyer lemon and Tahitian lime in large pots positioned at the front of the house to maximise the sun. A tamarillo tree and passionfruit vine is also growing in pots. There’s always room for a gardener's favourites.