Saturday 16 October 2021
2.00pm – 3.00pm & 3.15 - 4.15pm
Rita has lived on her traditional quarter acre block in Payneham South since 1971. For almost 50 years, Rita and her late husband tended their garden together, planting, harvesting and bottling their own tomatoes and making wine.They planted around 20 fruit bearing trees in the 1970s and 1980s that produce an abundance of fruit to this day, which Rita generously shares with her neighbours.Rita continues to enjoy and maintain the garden but with a greater emphasis on non-food producing, drought tolerant plants.
Rita has created a garden with water conservation in mind, storing rainwater harvested from the house roof in a large rainwater tank and using moveable drainage pipes to distribute it to front and back lawns and fruit trees. In fact, in summer Rita doesn't use a drop of tap water on her lawn!The garden is also home to a grape vine that shades the pergola and provides a cooling effect on hot days. Rita controls weeds in her insecticide-free garden by hand while her happy chickens peck at and eat weeds and other pests.
6 First Avenue,
Payneham South 5070