Sustainable food growing has been learning to let go of preconceived ideas about what is order in a garden.
I started with orderly arrangement of each plant group but now arrange plants randomly to confuse predators.
New plants are also placed among the established so their roots can become strong enough to stand up to weather while protected by the taller plants around them.
I am now also using plants to support climbers.
The nursery told me my new goji could be a bush or a climber depending on pruning.
I thought I would plant it as a climber among the frangipane trees I am growing for summer shade.
This position would give it summer protection while I worked out how it would grow. No one at the nursery could advise on this as goji are a new acquisition.
This is the first small fruit on my pepino plant which was struggling and needed to be moved to a second location.
I have had to cut off ongoing sooty mold and leaf curl but now the plant is finally healthier and starting to bear fruit.
The pepino bush can be seen from above below with my vegetable scraps on the adjacent ground.
The vegetable scraps thrown on the soil is something I recently learned adds richness to your soil.
Seems to be helping my pepino grow strong along with organic mulch and shredded cow manure.