The Return of Mr Green Thumb

You may have read and enjoyed my green blog about New Govardhana Farm and one of its gardeners extraordinaire, Trev. Well, he’s back with more photos of the beautiful gardens of the Hare Krishna Farming Community and Temple just outside of Murwillumbah, Northern New South Wales.

These are huge, juicy oranges in the garden managed by Ian for the last 20 years. And this is Ian.

Ian supplied the temple with copious amounts of flowers and fruits. Unfortunately Ian had to retire from his duties due to health problems, and he now resides in Port Elliot, South Australia, with his daughter.

Replacing Ian is Bill, who’s back at the farm after a ten year absence in Perth. He has taken on a lot of Ian’s duties, like mowing, whipper-snipping, tree trimming and composting. He is doing his best to maintain the beautiful garden Ian established.

Here’s a selection of produce: different varieties of lettuce, Fordhook silverbeet, chilies, bittermelon and lemons.

These are Cavendish bananas grown by my old friend Lagudi, a keen gardener at the farm for over 25 years.

And here’s the man himself, the irrepressible Lagudi, approaching 70 years of age but still going strong.

A view through the garden showing the tip of the famous Mount Warning, 1156 metres high. It’s the very first point on the Australian mainland to receive the rays of the morning sun.

Healthy Fordhook silverbeet (Swiss chard to all my US readers).

An amazingly productive chili bush.

drip-fed lettuce:

This is lettuce grown in a weed mat, with T-tape drip irrigation under the weed mat. Very ingenious.

More lettuce in weed mat.

another selection:

Another selection: Tomitoe tomatoes, rainbow silver-beet, lettuce and lemons.

Meet Jai Rama from Kenya, and Mario from Australia (Eugene Levy’s doppelganger!!) both happy Wwoofers (willing workers on organic farms). For just 4 hours work a day they get free basic accommodation and three sumptuous traditional Hare Krishna vegetarian meals a day. What a deal!

Posted by Kurma on 26/5/10; 2:51:46 AM

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