There is an enormous diversity of plants that can be grown in the Lockyer Valley in South East Queensland, but the key to success is finding the right niche and micro-climate for each species.
We experience hot summers with days above 40oC and mild winters with overnight temperatures sometimes below zero with significant frosts. Most rain falls in summer with an average annual rainfall of 780 mm, but we live in the driest area of SE Qld, rainfall is highly variable and droughts are common.
It’s very much the land that Dorothea Mackellar describes in her cherished, timeless poem that speaks to my Australian heart.
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
But we’re also blessed in this bio-region to have fertile soils and the scope to grow plants from many regions of the world.
I’ll share some of my favourites on this page along with some tips to grow, harvest, eat and preserve your home-grown edibles.
Debbie Bassingthwaighte is a teacher, facilitator and mentor who aspires to live her very best life. Her passion is to nurture and celebrate the unique and limitless potential of every learner, and to inspire you to live a nurtured life.