This week we interviewed a passionate gardener, Juvy from Brisbane. She's an all rounder plant grower: herbs, fruits, orchids, annuals/perrenials and succulents/cacti. I asked her a few quick questions and this is what she had to say...
Looks like your garden is huge! How big is it & When did you start gardening?
My garden is slightly bigger than most gardeners, nearly an acre of raised beds with mixed plants, my borders are mainly rocks which I did the concreting myself ( mixing the concrete in a wheelbarrow, bit by bit . Since I was a kid I was always interested in gardening influenced by my grandparents . When we bought this land and built our home, I started planting fruit trees and Australian natives , when my kids got bigger I enlarged my garden and I planted more flowers and succulents.
You grow many different types of plants. How do you schedule maintenance e.g. pesticides and fertilizer etc
I mainly garden on weekends as I work full-time. I don't spray a lot and try to avoid it for health reasons. I used organic fertiliser but not a lot as my garden beds are rich in organic matter. I believe that preparation is the key to successful gardening.
Out of all the plants in the garden, what’s your favourite and why?
Succulents and roses are my absolute favourite though I really like all plants. Succulents are fun!
You claim that you don’t need to buy succulents as you can propagate them yourself. Are you you ever tempted to add more to your collection?
Oh that's right I got so many succulents but it's hard to resist when I visit nurseries. So I am adding plants all the time! I'd rather go shopping for plants than bag /clothes and shoes.
When you mix cactus and flowers, how do you control the watering?
I mainly mix the tough or drought resistant plants like Dahlias, Zinnias, Torenia , I plant them first, get them established then I add the succulent cuttings. I also choose the tougher succulents and I mainly water on the weekend anyway except my veggies.
You grow a lot of veggies. Do you still buy produce from Coles/ Woolies?
Yes, I still occasionally buy a few veggies that are not in season . But we mainly eat from our garden as much as possible. Definitely no buying of herbs though , always have them in my garden.
Juvy also occasionally sells her excess succulents and makes succulent arrangements. Follow her instagram @weekend_gardener to find out more.