The creek
The swings
The front steps
Autumn leaves
Front herbs

My Garden

Click through the photos above to experience the valley, the garden and the creek. For a calendar of self sufficiency, see the different images and click for advice on what to plant in each month. For information on the magic of groves, click here, and for more information on our garden, click here. For a selection of gardening books, scroll down or click here.

January

January

February

February

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March

April

April

May

May

June

June

July

July

August

August

September

September

October

October

November

November

December

December

Some gardening books

A Year in the valley

This is perhaps my best loved book. It's about a year in the valley- the people, the wombats, the peaches and the recipes, from lovely stinky hand lotion from the garden to peaches in champagne....stories and potions that mooch along together. It's written for adults, but older kids enjoy it too.

Chook Book

I love chooks. There's nothing more beautiful than a mob of White Leghorns like sailing ships flying with the wind, comfortable Australorps with their fluffy black knickers dedicatedly sifting through the old tomato bed for insects and tit bits, or a tribe of Rhode Island Reds scratching under the lavender. 

How to Guzzle Your Garden

Children will love guzzling their garden! This book wil teach them how to easily and quickly set up a garden and be able to eat thing from it with little financial outlay and not too much work! they will be munching their garden in no time at all. This book will also be terrific for schools and other groups to use in teaching children all about growing edible plants.

Making Money From Your Garden

This is abook about how to make money at home - either small amounts of extra cash, or in some cases, enough to live on. It is also a book about looking at the world a little differently.

The Pumpkin Book

Everything you ever thought you needed to know about pumpkins!  I used to hate pumpkins and this book is written with the zeal of a convert.

Growing Flowers Naturally

Flowers are magic - literally magic, the product of millions of years of evolution to make them irresistible to birds, bees, wasps and other pollinators - and humans as well.

© Jackie French