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Journeys : August September 2009
In Tasmania today I can also see the carpet of sheep poo from here, newly spread around the artichokes and rhubarb. It will look great for a week or so, before the weeds poke through again. The artichokes are greygreen fountains, with sturdy suckers shooting up from each base. I dug some up for my little sister a few months back, closing an artichoke circle. She and her young family now live in the West Hobart house where my Italian grandmother lived. ‘Nonna’ grew carciofi for years, battling it out with the blackberries down past the shed. Now my purple and green beauties will re-populate her garden once more. It’s dark now. Coppery reflections have given way to twinkling lights and the sheen of the moon. But I can clearly picture each slice of my garden down there in the soft dark. There’ll be another frost tomorrow. In the morning I’ll see the fallen apricot leaves, purest yellow, rimmed with fine frozen lacework, set to perfection against the backdrop of dark soil. I’m fortunate indeed. Juliet (left) and Christina take a break baby brassicas in polystyrene boxes. Something had been eating the violet Sicilian cauliflower babies. I did a snail check – nothing obvious. Could be dastardly slugs hiding in the soil. But the seedlings have survived the chewing and they’ll be planted out soon enough. They’re destined for Tranmere, where long-time friend Juliet Chapman and I are establishing new gardens with two FIMBY clients. FIMBY – Food In My Backyard – is our burgeoning enterprise. For us there’s almost nothing we would rather do than potter around our own (and other people’s) vegie patches. More and more people are seeking the satisfaction and positive action of growing their own food, and lots of people need help to get started. Enter FIMBY and the brassica babies that distracted me. That’s why there’s a kinky arc of beans. Christina Giudici is a Tasmanian-based consultant, facilitator and passionate gardener. She provides environmental management advice to renewable energy developers around Australia and southeast Asia, most recently working with Roaring 40s Renewable Energy on wind farm developments in Australia. At home in South Hobart, she likes thinning carrots and cooking show-off dinners with home-grown produce. For more about Christina and Juliet’s home-gardening enterprise, visit www.fimby.com.au August / September 09 37 Inspiring and supporting people to grow their own food Growing our community’s connections to the earth, the seasons, and each other. Craig Opie
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