My husband and I are currently renting. We have a small vege patch that we have created in two small gardens that once had dead plants, with the garden beds covered in grass. We also have a few pots that we bought off Gumtree.
Our vege patch totals about 2 square metres. It’s only small but high yielding.
By cultivating the soil and making it the best we can, we have a patch of land that make us sooo proud! We have cos lettuce, rocket, baby spinach, beetroot, endive, celery, roma tomatoes, carrots, leeks, snow peas, peas, shallots, garlic, blueberries and chilli. Our herbs consist of parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, sage, mint, coriander, vietnamese mint and chocolate mint. And to top it off, we have a lemon tree, lime tree and the garden is filled with rosemary, lavender, daisies and roses.
We share this garden with snails, caterpillars, aphids, their nemesis lady beetles, two cats and many birds. It doesn’t worry us though when our crop is shared as we plant by the seasons using permaculture and figure that, as in nature, only the strongest will survive. We don’t go without and neither do they!
Who cares if there’s a couple of holes in a spinach leaf?
That is nature.
PS you may also appreciate my blog about DIY healthy soil. You can find it at https://livinggreeninamodernworld.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/healthy-soil-diy-as-easy-as-123/