Connie Cao’s Thriving Productive Backyard In Suburban Melbourne

images of digital creator Connie Cao’s backyard, one might simply assume it’s a part of a sprawling nation property. In actuality, Connie’s backyard occupies the yard of her suburban Melbourne house, that she has lovingly tended to since late 2019.

Connie designed her yard as a productive backyard after finishing a permaculture design course. ‘The entire concept of nature with the ability to weave magic right into a seed and switch it right into a plant, no much less an edible one which we will get pleasure from and devour to maintain us, is simply so unbelievable to me,’ she says.

Her yard suburban backyard covers about 170 sq. metres, inclusive of an enclosed veggie patch. ‘In the mean time I’m rising a spread of fruiting veggies akin to tomatoes, cucumbers, and pumpkins which I like to protect to get pleasure from throughout winter,’ Connie says. ‘I additionally love rising Asian veggies and have winter melon, malabar spinach, lengthy string beans, and okra within the backyard.’

On the alternative aspect is the greenhouse the place Connie grows frost-sensitive vegetation, and raises seedlings at the beginning of every spring. The backyard is designed with quick access to each this zone and the greens in thoughts.

‘Each of those spots are visited often, so that they’re zoned nearer to the again door,’ Connie explains. ‘In permaculture, we speak about zoning by way of enthusiastic about what wants extra frequent entry and putting these gadgets in a more in-depth, extra handy location to the house.’

There’s additionally a ‘secret backyard’ really feel to the structure, designed with numerous twists and turns revealing completely different ‘rooms’ and nooks all through. 

In the direction of the again of the backyard is a flower patch, fruit bushes, and perennials that require much less consideration. ‘A lot of the planting is sort of scattered to offer it a pure really feel, in addition to assist masks scents to assist confuse pests!’

Connie has drawn on numerous relations for his or her assist and expertise over time. The DIY netted enclosure, manufactured from aviary mesh partitions and fowl netting, for instance, was the brainchild of Connie’s father to assist maintain pests at bay. 

Connie says tending to the backyard takes up about half a day every week, often on a weekend morning. 

Creating this backyard has supercharged Connie’s curiosity in sustainable dwelling. She’s lately accomplished a Diploma of Sustainable Residing, and shares common gardening content material on her social media and web site.

‘The considered with the ability to develop your individual meals in your yard (or entrance yard!) and construct meals resilience on the identical time additionally makes gardening such an empowering and community-building exercise,’ says Connie. ‘I’m actually enthusiastic about the concept anybody can develop their very own meals as a substitute of lawns!’ 


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