I grow mainly edible plants with some native Australian plants and unusual herbs for beneficial insect and bird attraction and also wind protection.
I try lots of different methods. Mainly single rotated beds with max of 2 or 3 types of vegetables in each, usually companions.
With warmer/drier conditions becoming the norm here I have to develop new strategies to cope.
Things I do include
- Mulch heavily and cover beds with shade cloth to lower evaporation levels.
- Don't spray anything except liquid foliar feeds.
- Plant edge beds of beneficial insect attracting herbs, plants etc.
- Make compost and keep worms.
- Incorporate chooks (chickens) in my garden.
- Battle earwigs every spring.
- Try to build soil health to keep everything healthy enough to survive our hot summers (and frosty winters).
- Green manure beds in winter.
- I Companion Plant and Plant by the Moon whenever possible.