Growing vegies in style in a small space garden

Growing vegies in style in a small space garden

Gardening in a small space isn’t necessarily a barrier to growing lots of your own food. This couple in urban Sydney have an abundance of crops that head straight to their kitchen.

Owners: Matthew and Lucinda McManus
Location: Lilyfield
Climate Zone: Warm temperate
Garden established:
Style: Inner-city chic with a focus on vegies

Key Features:
The two main vegie patches in the front garden are raised beds edged with weathered steel, chosen because it takes up less space than timber, as well as for its aesthetics. They have added automatic watering to keep irrigation consistent.
Lucinda says she tries to practice crop rotation but also likes to cram things into the bed, which makes it more complicated. Strawberries are growing next to kale, pumpkins, tomatoes, herbs, brassicas, salad greens and onions.
Two feature trees in the front garden are also growing in raised steel beds, and underplanted with herbs such as olive herb (Santolina rosmarinifolia) and creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum cv.).
In the rear garden there are pots of herbs and succulents, walls covered in Boston ivy (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), a small patch of lawn and paved areas. Built on a slight slope, there are three more steel planters that serve as a retaining wall to the highest point in the garden, where Matthew has a collection of different barbecues. It includes a wood-fired oven, where Matthew cooks up a leg of lamb and some root vegetables, and a Japanese yakitori grill, where he cooks prawns, leeks, asparagus and sweetcorn. He calls the area the barbecorium and it sits under the shade of a huge jacaranda tree (Jacaranda sp.) around which the decking has been built.

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50 Comments

  1. Liz B on May 21, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    anyone else bothered by the cat with no bell?

  2. Rafael Paz on May 21, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Lovely couple! By the way, gorgeous garden!

  3. edstud1 on May 21, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Someone couse use a beard trimming!

  4. Sleeping Labradors on May 21, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Wow that garden, especially the backyard with the ivy is absolutely gorgeous!

  5. Grafting Tactick on May 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    I am so inspired by your beautiful home garden, loved it😍😍👌👌

  6. CrazyHippie on May 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Video Title: Growing Vegies
    Growing Veggies 2 Minutes
    BBQ Meat 4 Minutes

  7. Maria Da Silva on May 21, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    What’s mazuna ?

  8. KoVamp on May 21, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    It was the the cat that got the perfect place to chill

  9. Alok Saha on May 21, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Wonderful ❣️

  10. CaMnPaH bapya on May 21, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Aum mane padme hum l

  11. yumi nicerio on May 21, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Everything that I’ve always dreamed of… 😍

  12. Irina Sharapova on May 21, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Not a small garden

  13. Plants are Vital on May 21, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Lovely garden

  14. AZRINA on May 21, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Really nice edible garden 😍

  15. hounaida h. farhat on May 21, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    For some reason my wild strawberries aren’t growing😒 is there any advice

  16. Trish Wilson on May 21, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Love this lifestyle video. Very inspiring 💕🌸🌸🌸

  17. 🦍Lord Big🎅 on May 21, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    พี่ผู้ชายที่ไว้ผมยาว เหมือน พระเยซู เลยครับ อาเมน

  18. Melanie Allen on May 21, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    beautiful!!

  19. Browne Sugarr on May 21, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    🐕🐈 🌲 🥗..garden, jst lovely. 😍 Tfs

  20. Johann Brummer on May 21, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Veggies!

  21. Sylvie MacFarland on May 21, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    It would be helpful if you showed how to grow veggies in what is truly a small space garden.

  22. CrazyCatLady on May 21, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Not even a slightly small space

  23. Olivia Day on May 21, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    so cool

  24. David Coley on May 21, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Look, absolutely, Costa.

  25. Faye the Lightworker 🙏 on May 21, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    This is absolutely an art garden,, growing foods just nearby, I want this kind of lifestyle,, love it

  26. Eva Archer on May 21, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Yes their garden and house are both beautiful!!!👏👏👏👏 you need money to do all that no question about that!

  27. Jonny_mazerati on May 21, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Is he a hobbit 😱😱😄

  28. chong Seit Mooi on May 21, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Wowwww lov ths episode

  29. Toni Yee on May 21, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    absolutely love this, its amazing!

  30. Jennifer Graf on May 21, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Here is a great coriander trick which I use for quick and abundant harvest:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAQhtvyl80s
    Start simple, it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg and you should have enough plants to hand out to your friends by Christmas time.

  31. Hope H on May 21, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Guy’s this is not a small garden..😀come to my house I’ll show you small.. your garden is wonderful ..Blessings be safe everyone 🌱

  32. D M on May 21, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    It’s nice, but that house would be about $3million

  33. Pradeep Bagde on May 21, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Rich man can do anything.

  34. dan AUS on May 21, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    when I see dead animals being eaten I turn off

  35. Donna Marie Harris on May 21, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    I am looking for information on the steel raised bed garden containers. Were they custom made locally or are they available for purchase?

  36. Rizkan Humanity on May 21, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    My dream garden

  37. Green World on May 21, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    That is great

  38. Sarah WA on May 21, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Love your work, but man these guys were wankers. Also, not a single veggie was harvested.

  39. logarithmic7 on May 21, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    What garden i just saw the most beautiful cocker spaniel! Reminds me of my childhood dog 🙂 Sparky.

  40. Go Green on May 21, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    nice place for living and refreshing

  41. D.A. Hänks on May 21, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    The only problem with Corten steel, is that it is pretty expensive, and will ruin your clothes if you brush against it. It’s a nice, compact setup though.

  42. varinder singh on May 21, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    I love it

  43. Eva Archer on May 21, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Lucky cat too ❤️

  44. Christine Mazzuchelli on May 21, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Love it,what a beautiful relaxing spot😍

  45. fifa_juliet on May 21, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Sooo very AMAZING❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  46. skhuxx on May 21, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    hahah this bloke is such a tool

  47. Discipulos Christi on May 21, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    The little fella looks like a dwarf from lord of the rings or maybe he’s the garden gnome come to life. Hahaha. Probably a really fun guy though. Nice video, great little garden

  48. Yollanda Gabrielle on May 21, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    This is my dream paradise ❤️

  49. Key's Rean Thvea on May 21, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    I love the foods

  50. Anahid Heemstra on May 21, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Beautiful thank you Anna

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