Guy, Emily, kids, dog and ducks were in their Aussie backyard, coming out of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown at home. At the end of Francis Street, in the suburb of Beachlands, Emily Currey, Guy Sullivan and daughter Zamia, posed next to their banana grove. Trailing vines, a paw paw tree, herbs and capsicums are just a few of the edible plants they have. Guy is keen on using seeds that he has sourced in Geraldton. That is in line with Julie Firth’s story last week about people in our town saving and growing heritage seeds that suit the Geraldton climate. This young family in their rambling backyard are creating a scene similar to the TV series, ‘a good life’. Guy and Emily are recycling everything they possibly can to help grow edible food and enjoy the ambience of their space. The southern wall of the yard has grown upwards, with the help of planks off pallets that have been placed between strong pine poles, to create a windbreak that is pleasantly rural in appearance. The plan is to grow a vine along this structure, maybe passion fruit. There are gaps in the wall to allow wind flow. Creating gaps in wind breaks in Geraldton stops the wind in the summer from turbulence which can damage plants as it rolls over the top of a fixed structure (like a Colorbond fence). They have gone to lengths to save water. The shower, kitchen and laundry water is re-directed onto the garden and fruit trees. All scraps and composting material from the kitchen, house and garden is put in a series of bins and moved to end up in the final compost bin of almost black, rich crumbly compost that is then added to the poorer soil of this area to boost plant growth. This is an older house in an older area which generally has space in the backyard as opposed to the modern houses which fill up the block with very little room, even for a tree. “This creates a massive dependence on everything people use,” Emily said. “We are working here to be independent as much as we can. In times like we are having now with the virus, dependence can make life difficult.” As the world wakes up from the virus nightmare, questions are being asked about our modern lifestyle, our total dependence on outside sources to supply us with everything, even entertainment! Is this dependence a dangerous thing and in Australia, with its wide open spaces, is it possible to go back to even a little home gardening to create edible food and entertainment in our great outdoors? Guy and Emily have shown that to be possible.