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. Marjorie Uy on September 9, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Inspiring! Love your small space garden.

  2. Jean Que Jean Que on September 9, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    I love it 💝 thank you so much for sharing , watching and greetings from Belgium

  3. Lunar Bloom on September 9, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    So inspiring 😍

  4. Pradeep Bagde on September 9, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Rich man can do anything.

  5. David Coley on September 9, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Look, absolutely, Costa.

  6. Judy Deligero on September 9, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Everything is great except your distracting beard😁

  7. Asd ass on September 9, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    he looks like peter stormare

  8. Rahmat Abdul Manap on September 9, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Beautiful garden, awesome

  9. Fat Jan on September 9, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    My dream garden.

  10. Stanly L on September 9, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Nice

  11. She's a Bottler Suburban Prepsteader on September 9, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    All I saw were a few herbs, pumpkin, cucumber and some tomato, not impressed. I had a proper small garden veggie patch in my frontyard. We sold the house just before Christmas and are now building on an acre block in Wonthaggi.😉💚🙃

  12. Arte Papel Cestería con papel on September 9, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Jacaranda nuestro árbol nativo de Argentina 😘😍🙋

  13. Rickson TV on September 9, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Amazing idea in urban veggie gardening, very inspiring.

  14. 시골의 오늘 [은는이가] on September 9, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    beautiful garden… calm

  15. gangsta rebel on September 9, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    What a very relaxing frontyard 😍😍

  16. Sabre Jimmi on September 9, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    LOOOOOOOOVEEEEE THIS GARDEN love these two as well, so chill 😂🍁✌🏻

  17. Stan Chill on September 9, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Lovely video. What kind of area are we looking at here, when we say small space kitchen garden?

  18. beauty bin on September 9, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    What about snakes…plz reply…bcz I want to make such a beautiful garden..but scar for snake

  19. CrazyHippie on September 9, 2020 at 11:14 pm

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

  20. john smith on September 9, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Beautiful stuff!!!

  21. MsLouisez on September 9, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Lovely garden.
    So much $$$ though

  22. Toni Yee on September 9, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    absolutely love this, its amazing!

  23. panharath youn on September 9, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Hi, may I ask where did you get your weathered steel garden edge from and what size?

  24. Titoley Tako on September 9, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    The host is like a homeless living on the the couple’s garden.

  25. Cher-Ami Rose on September 9, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    All of that goodness…until an animal is served…please leave them alone. Please stop hurting them.

  26. Maria Da Silva on September 9, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    What’s mazuna ?

  27. Liz B on September 9, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    anyone else bothered by the cat with no bell?

  28. Alok Saha on September 9, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Wonderful ❣️

  29. Irina Sharapova on September 9, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Not a small garden

  30. Dayan Hamine on September 9, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Wooooooow I love your garden. .. .. I also have. small one . Good luck

  31. Sam bro on September 9, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Aum mane padme hum l

  32. Stan Chill on September 9, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    May I also ask what camera and video equipment did you use for the video? Thanks.

  33. koruki on September 9, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    He’s got the perfect bbq set up. Down to the Japanese konro

  34. Hope H* on September 9, 2020 at 11:30 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 🌱

  35. Chris Holbourn on September 9, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Fantastic garden!! SO healthy!! BTW…What is it with the modern Australian preoccupation starting every sentence with the word “Look, ……”. Drives me nuts 😂.

  36. Browne Sugarr on September 9, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    🐕🐈 🌲 🥗..garden, jst lovely. 😍 Tfs

  37. Trish Wilson on September 9, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Love this lifestyle video. Very inspiring 💕🌸🌸🌸

  38. Mel.M. Leolahi on September 9, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Great garden & great couple!

  39. Bahlool Khatak on September 9, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    I wish my partner has same love for gardening as I have

  40. James on September 9, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Respect to the green thumb owners. Unnecessary use of first name for kosta though! Kosta is a good bloke.

  41. Donna Marie Harris on September 9, 2020 at 11:34 pm

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

  42. yumi nicerio on September 9, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Everything that I’ve always dreamed of… 😍

  43. Stanly L on September 9, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    😍

  44. Kardamon Kawa on September 9, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Kitty in the end he best👌

  45. Matt Wood on September 9, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    That ivy wall 😍

  46. Anahid Heemstra on September 9, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Beautiful thank you Anna

  47. Baby Cakes on September 9, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    That is a gorgeous property

  48. Светлана Фролова on September 9, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Прекрасное видио , но нет русского перевода !

  49. Rafael Paz on September 9, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Lovely couple! By the way, gorgeous garden!

  50. Je Ec on September 9, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    The beard on that man though.
    Looks untidy and can barely see his mouth while talking.

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