Hello Aussie & Kiwi Gardeners, a Melbourne-ite here...
I got up early this morning to play in my garden so was rewarding myself on the inter-web and found this lovely thread.
I live on a very small block (under 500m square, in fact probably under 400m square).
After renting the Jewel Box for many years, DH and I had the opportunity to buy our place a few years ago and I quickly planted 2 apple, 1 pear (at the time I didn't realise it needed a mate to cross pollinate); an apricot; 2 lemon trees, a mandarin, 2 peaches and 2 blueberry bushes.
To be perfectly honest, there was no real thought process in this. My local nursery was having a wonderful sale (think $5 and $10 twig like trees) so I just bought whatever took my fancy (this was pre-MMM). On reflection I have planted them all much too close together, but will keep trimming them to keep them under control and see what happens. Miraculously my apple trees produced small (but edible) apples; the blueberries had blueberries on them; and all the twigs looked lovely in blossom in Spring.
I've been procrastinating about getting the veggie garden going. I've got a few pots of herbs growing and even have a Diggers membership...does that count??... but just need to give it a go. I've been able to grow the usual summer salady stuff (think lettuce etc), but would like to expand my repartee. I have a long term plan to have a thriving fruit and veggie garden going in our retirement (still about 6 years away) so need to get with the program.
This weekend, I planted a new pear tree to hopefully pollinate the other one; mowed a small 6.5m x 2.5m square patch of grass; contemplated whether I should put raised veggie garden beds where the grass is....; deadheaded a whole lot of roses (we inherited some of my late mother-in-law's roses) and generally seasol'ed everything in sight.
It has been very hot here over the last couple of weeks and I think long term I will need to look at a water tank...it might need to go underground given the lack of space! Hope everyone's garden are going well.