My 'City Patch'

Last week on Instagram I posted a photo of my snow pea plants with an abundance of delicious snow peas to pick and eat. I thought I would clarify what my ‘city patch’ is a bit more.



As I still work in Brisbane, I live at my parent’s place for 3 nights a week to cut down on my commuting time from the Sunshine Coast. They had a strip of soil next to their driveway that wasn’t being used, so I thought I would use it for a micro vege patch. It has easy access to water and is probably the only area at my parent’s place that gets regular sunlight. It has a heavy clay soil with varying amounts of gravel. It consists mostly of subsoil, so it is a very challenging area to grow in!


Due to the poor soil I have struggled to grow a significant amount of vegetables, but it is improving slowly. I have seen worms present and I am constantly adding compost and manure. The only things I’ve managed to grow really well are tomatoes, basil, peas and potatoes. I haven’t harvested the potatoes yet, but the plants look very healthy so I have high hopes. I should find out what kind of soil these plants like to see if there is a similarity.

Even though I don’t grow much in my micro vege patch, it is a great way to get my hands dirty after a long day in a windowless office. I always feel more earthed and relaxed when I am pulling weeds or watering my plants. The snow peas and bush peas are one of my first good crops after almost a year of struggling with the soil. Onwards and upwards?



Because I am enjoying the current produce so much, I made a garden salad for my work lunch to enjoy with some Japanese okonomiyaki that I made with my little cabbage. In the salad was all homegrown by me and had lettuce, spring onion, snow peas and peas. It tasted really fresh and makes me want to put in a vege patch at our place very soon! 

7 comments

  1. You've really made use of that area along the driveway. Your co-workers would have loved your salad I'm sure and noticed the tastes. What a great feeling to bring your fresh veggies into the office.
    Kylie

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  2. Nothing like eating fresh from the garden, so much goodness.

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  3. I love that you created a vegetable patch in that small space. It feels so satisfying to eat your own homegrown produce. Your blog looks great, I'll be interested to follow your journey.

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    1. What else is a farm girl to do? Haha. It is the most satisfying thing I can think of. Thanks Belinda!

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  4. Well done! Your vegetables look healthy and delicious. You must save a lot of money on your work commute by staying with your parents.

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    1. I save lots of time too, which is very important to me!

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  5. Hello Kat, I haven't read this blog before. Will have to put it into my reading list.

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