When Allan accepted a job at UQ Gatton almost 20 years ago, I was very excited at the thought of the wonderful garden I would have. The Lockyer Valley has some of the more fertile soil in the world. Little did I know that this fertile soil is mostly preserved for farming and thank goodness for that. We need to protect farming areas not covered them in houses, as has been done in many cities. Well done Lockyer Valley for protecting the farming land. However it does meant that we ended up on rather infertile ironbark /spotted gum ridge country. It has taken a great deal of effort and mulch, fertiliser and gypum, green manure, horse manure, mushroom compost and time. The chooks have done their best to help.
When people see us at Farmers’ Markets and ask where we come from they often assume we are farmers. Sadly this is not the case. We live on a five acre block most of which is open scrub country enjoyed by us and the local wildlife. We buy produce from local farmers and glean produce from other gardens. We are proud to produce the herbs that flavour our preserves and as much as we can depending on the season and the rainfall.
Produce from our own garden used in our preserves includes:
Basil, Bayleaf, Chilli, Cumquats, Capsicum, Lemons, Lemon Grass, Ginger, Galangal, Kaffir Lime, Mint, Passion fruit, Pumpkins, Rosemary, Rosellas, Sage, Tomato, Thyme.