November 10, 2012
Jerry Coleby-Williams and his house-mate Jeff Poole, a conservation writer and activist, have turned their suburban garden, Bellis, into a living larder that can survive climate change, drought and flood
In the latest ABC Organic Gardener Essential Guide: Inspirational Gardens, Jerry describes how Bellis was visualised as a suburban ecological asset; a dynamic, integrated ‘whole’; a household supporting a permanent, intensive and flexible system of food production that in turn, supported its householders.
We couldn't fit all the marvellous photos he sent us into the printed magazine, so here are a few more, showing other aspects of this inspiring garden.
The backyard of Bellis, with a predator-attracting border
Bellis’ sewage system
Jerry pots Parramatta Sweets mandarins
Bellis’ food garden in winter
Bellis’ vegie garden soaks up heavy rain
Bellis in autumn, with Bambusa oldhamii