Amy Borrell is a freelance illustrator and designer living in Melbourne, Australia. She spends her days working on all kinds of lovely projects with clients across publishing, fashion and retail, and her nights dabbling in the kitchen with veggies from the garden.
There is something magical about gardening. Add a sprinkling of sunshine and a dash of water to a dusty piece of earth, and voilà! A happy little garden appears. Gardens are not only pretty, they’re also incredibly useful, providing food for the table, flowers for a birthday, and a calm and restful space to wash away the stress of the week.
Cosmic carrots are my favourite veggie at the moment: easy to grow and intriguing at dinner parties with their purple skin and orange insides. Peat planting pots are perfect for starting off seeds before they’re big enough to pop into the garden. When you’re ready to plant, burlap bags are great for preventing weeds, but if you’re happy to let them overrun things, then perhaps this tall weeds sign is for you.
It’s best to be equipped before starting off down the garden path. Cover the basics with a wheelbarrow, watering can, and vintage gardening tools.
Keep your string, extra pots, gardening gloves, tools, potting mix and harvesting baskets well ordered with an outdoor working bench. Set up a chair or two around the garden for quick rest breaks between weeding, and add a birdhouse to encourage birds to help germinate the plants. If you’re handy with a hammer, building your own greenhouse would be a great project to tackle.
Living walls, hanging baskets and bird feeders all add character to your garden.
It’s always important to have a few gardening books laying around in case of bug invasions, sad looking tomatoes or to brush up on planting and harvesting times. Oldies but goodies!
If you’re feeling like going all out, this farm-in-a-box may be just the thing. Complete with pre-planted garden beds, composter, chicken coop, fruit trees, mini greenhouse, water tank and even a beehive. Brilliant!
However you go about it, pop out into the garden every now and then, get a little fresh air and help make something grow! It’s easy peasy.