At the start of Spring last year (08), we embarked on a project to grow our own salad vegies and herbs in half wine barrels. It has been over 5 months since we first planted out the barrels and the project has been an overwhelming success (apart from one little incident with very hungry caterpillars) and completely rewarding! Not only does our balcony look much prettier (we put roses in the barrels along with the herbs and vegies), but we have been able to harvest from them for every meal and have saved buckets at the fruit shop.
We wouldn’t have been able to get this project off the ground, however, if it wasn’t for David Gowenlock, who sourced, delivered, and helped us plant out the barrels. Dave is a qualified horticulturist, and knows pretty much everything about plants (I wasn’t exactly born with a green thumb, but I am learning), so he was the first one we turned to when we decided we wanted to grow our own herbs and vegies.
Given the success of the project, and the number of friends, family and people who have visited thecookbook.com.au that are interested in starting their own wine barrel gardens, we have collectively decided to launch Wine Barrel Gardens online.
We (the team at The Internet Incubator) have produced the website, order flow and created an online marketing campaign for the launch, leaving Dave to do what he does best, produce wonderful gardens!
If you are interested in growing your own herbs and salad vegies, then I highly recommend you have a look at the website www.winebarrelgardens.com.au. If you live in the Sydney metropolitan region, Dave will deliver and install on site (saving you all of the heavy lifting and planting!) your very own salad and/or herb wine barrel garden. He can even provide rose, lemon or olive tree upgrades, and care kits (to save you from a nasty caterpillar attack). You can order online with a credit card or paypal account and have the barrels delivered to you in around 5 working days. Take a look at the site for pictures of the beautiful finished wine barrel gardens.