Real Men Have Big Gardens
For the last three years my sister, Robyn Guyton, has roped me into running a workshop on Autumn planting at the Riverton Harvest Festival she organises with her husband, Robert. I wish I had taken photographs of the festival itself as there were numerous colourful displays of nature's bounty and useful workshops on preserving and processing home grown food. I have had to make do with a picture of a recent tomato harvest from my small greenhouse and earlier photo of my own garden.
The quarter acre with the vege garden at the back was once accepted as normal, but greater work pressures, less time and the convenience of supermarkets saw sections being subdivided and patios, barbecues and landscaped garden "rooms" taking precedence. The vege garden has all but disappeared from most homes now, however, after three years the festival has become a well supported local event with growing numbers of people embracing the joy of growing their own food.
I liked the poster I saw at the festival stating, "Real Men Have Big Gardens", wouldn't it be great if this replaced sporting prowess, car ownership or beer drinking as an accepted status determiner for New Zealand males. "He's got a big one" will take on a whole new meaning...