The Guru of Gardening
When I grow up, I want to be Kath Irvine (she’s probably younger than me, so I’m not quite sure how that would work, but you get the idea).
Kath is a gardening genius who lives about 20 minutes north of me, and I went to visit her and her gorgeous garden a few days ago. It’s there that she creates enough fruit and vege to feed her family of six, and runs her business, Edible Backyard, which specializes in workshops in permaculture. I’m going to enroll in one of her classes in the New Year (the run up to Christmas is all about getting my garden going and entertaining visitors), but until then I’ll stay in a state of garden envy at the way Kath manages to make her food source look lovely while being so amazingly utilitarian too.
Kath gave me some great advice about how important it is that the garden, and any animals (she has pigs and chickens) are integrated and that the garden is as efficient as it can be. And in classic straight forward Kiwi style she summed up her feelings about her lifestyle in one sentence:
“If I couldn’t garden I’d go completely mental.”
The five tomato plants she sent me home with are now in my veggie patch looking proud as punch. I’m keeping them separate from the tomatoes I’ve raised from seed (and that are still not quite big enough to go into the garden), so I can see just how much more or less robust and fruitful hers are compared to mine. I’m picking hers will be more successful, but we’ll see!