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Project 4: Companion Planting

Well, it's been several months since we last posted about the garden project, but don't think that means that we have been idle.

On the contrary, we've been busy little bees!

We now have a fully functional vegetable garden. Yep, it's true, we missed a few blogs along the way, so I'm going to run you through our veggie garden antics.

Companion Planting

We decided to create a vegetable garden which is essentially chemical free. Considering that Yianni has Multiple Sclerosis, we want to ensure what goes into our bodies is as free from chemicals as possible.


Essentially, it’s a method of growing plants together, with the idea that they will assist each other in some way, like deterring pests, improving growth, enhancing flavour and attracting beneficial insects.

Sometimes it's a no brainer. For example, tomatoes and basil should be planted together.

TIP #1 - Don't do what we did and overcrowd the garden bed. The seedlings look so tiny, but they quickly grow & dominate the space. So far, we have been lucky to control the growth of the far!

What we noticed was that the basil was filled with aphids at first and now, they seem to have disappeared from both the basil & the tomato plants.

We have also planted Rose Geranium in the back, along the fence, on the left of the image. THIS plant always has little white things flying when we brush against it, so it could possibly be helping to deter the aphids...we don't know, but it seems to be working!


3rd October 2020


These raised garden beds are available online, from places like Bunnings or other gardening centres. We chose to support a local business, Amari Tanks, who also manufacture rain water tanks (that's a blog for another day).

The benefits of purchasing from a local manufacturer are:

  1. Superior quality product

  2. They came fully assembled

  3. Delivered to the door...well actually, placed in the garden!

  4. Reduce your carbon footprint

  5. You are supporting local industry and keeping locals employed

  6. Plus they were really great to deal with!

10th October 2020


Our next hurdle was soil. We have no idea where to get soil from! So we again went to Google and in our case we are lucky enough to have our Theio Yianni who recommended the soil to buy and from where.

Our choice was to purchase from Jeffries Garden Soil, which we did all online and they delivered to our driveway. We chose the Jeffries Veggie & Garden Soil as it was recommended for raised garden beds because it resists compaction and is high in organic matter.


When the garden beds arrived, we lined the bottom with cardboard which we had saved up and watered it in for about 2 weeks.

We then placed a layer of twigs, leaves, lawn clipping and general organic material from around the garden and whatever had fallen from the giant eucalyptus tree in our front yard.

We ordered the soil.

Compost - we have been composting for several months and mixed this with the soil which arrived

Topped each of the garden beds with the soil, mixed with the compost and let that sit for about one week


We had attempted to sow seeds, but that was a bit of a flop! Plan B it is then!

1st November 2020

It seemed that seedlings was the way to go, especially for first timers like us. This meant a visit to Virginia Nursery to buy some seedlings. Admittedly we got over excited and purchased too many for the area that we had to plant. No problem, we persevered and planted ALL of the seedlings in to the garden beds! They were so tiny & cute, ppfft, not sure what all of the fuss was about planting them at certain distances...we got this!

No we did not get this! Even though everything seems healthy fast forward to today and we can see that the garden beds are overcrowded, especially the zucchini plants. They are out of control!!! This garden bed has Aubergine (Eggplant), Zucchini & Lebanese Cucumbers. However we didn't know that zucchini grow so big and we planted 6 of them in such a small area...noted for next year!

Sadly we have removed 3 of the original plants to make room for the other plants, but the Lebanese Cucumbers are still suffering. We have also pruned the bottom leaves of the zucchini plants TWICE! Thankfully we love zucchini.


Apparently you don't just plant the seedlings and water them so that they grow. Who would have thunk it??!!!! You actually need to feed them and maintain the garden.

Clearly we have no idea what we are doing, but one thing that we did was watch lots of YouTube and a very helpful, Australian channel, is Vasili's Garden. Not only does Vasili go through how to sow seeds, nurture seedling, when to plant, how to prune, when to harvest, how to maintain...and the list goes on...but he also sells his own product, which is organically certified.

We used Vasili's Black Grit, Eco Boost & Liquid Gold when we started the garden beds. Let's make it clear that we are no way affiliated with Vasili's Garden, we simply used and loved the products!

Look, it feels like beginners luck because we have heard from a few of the older generation that the flowers are dropping from their tomatoes, yet you look at ours and they are abundant with fruit. The only thing that I can think of is that they are not using the same products to nourish, balance the soil and feed the plants.

This is our vegetable garden today. We're pretty chuffed, but constantly pinch ourselves because it's going so well..

We will let you know next year if it's a once in a lifetime miracle!

Thanks for your time, we look forward to sharing more of our gardening adventures in 2021!

PROJECT 5: Will We Ever Build The Mini-Greenhouse?

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