Plant Life Balance

Fantastic Feasts & How to Grow Them

If we’re lucky enough to have a garden, most of our time we spend either in the house looking at our garden, or out in it. It makes the house what it is. We love following the seasons with the frangipanis and jasmine sleeping over the colder months and coming to life through spring. (The rest of us can just dream…)

Living in the laidback beach-side Sydney suburb of Bondi, the Levine family spend a lot of time taking it easy in their garden, avoiding the hustle and bustle of the city.

“We love the greenery, so have mostly evergreens around us. We are working hard to get jasmine and mandevilla to crawl up and around our back deck so we’re completely swallowed by the garden – and that’s a great long-term project for us.”

We spend so much time in the built environment, having nature in our sight keeps everything in balance.

For the Levines, involving the kids in the garden is all part of being a family. Growing everything from flowers to vegetables, their garden is a family playground as much as it is a lush, green hideaway.

“I’ve always encouraged the kids to get dirty, I think that’s their natural way of being. It’s mostly when parents make a big deal of it that they seem to get bothered by it. Our youngest follows me all around the veggie patch digging holes with me, getting absolutely filthy, loving every minute.”

And there’s never an excuse not to try something new.

“Be happy to experiment. Every season in our veggie garden we try something new and learn something new. Some crops work really well and others, not so much, but it is a nice surprise every season. Turnips anyone?”

Here are some plants to make your feast a beast:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Tuscan Kale
  • Blueberry
  • Lemongrass

To get your kids to love eating – and growing – their own fresh fruit and veg, check out the Fantastic Feasts look available in the free Plant Life Balance app.