By Claire Taylor The story of how a simple hobby became a passion for the first time is well documented.
But it has been less well documented is the journey that led to that passion.
Read moreClaire Taylor, founder of Bedford Road, is one of those people who can relate to the challenges of building her own home garden, which she describes as a “complete waste of space”.
When Claire first began building her garden she had no idea that it would eventually become one of the most popular ways of growing food for a small family.
She says she was “so excited” when her new home, in her local community of Bednelly, was opened by the council.
“It was a bit like opening a new business.
I’d always been a very practical person and a very busy person, and my life was pretty busy,” Claire said.”
The garden has always been there and I had no plans to just put it up and take it down.”
Claire was a busy young woman with her two young daughters, but her husband had to be away for two weeks from work so she had to make the difficult decision to sell the property.
“I was very sad, but I just had to sell it because I just couldn’t afford to pay rent on it,” Claire explained.
“And I had to do it for myself, so I sold it, got a mortgage and got a car and a job and bought a house.”
After moving into the property in February 2017, Claire says her husband started getting back to work, but there was no easy way to make money.
“There was a lot of paperwork, but the only thing I could do was get an apartment and buy a house.
And that was that,” Claire says.
But she soon realised that she was being “very naive” by not taking the time to think about how her garden would affect the environment.
“So when I realised that I was going to have a garden, I thought I would go and try and get it done,” Claire continued.
“When I was working in the garden I’d be looking for new materials for the garden, and when I got to the garden that was it.”
All the other gardens that I had were just being used.
“In the meantime, Claire had started a blog to share the story of her garden, the first of which she posted to the bloggarden.blogspot.com.
Her blog went viral and she received more than 200,000 views.
She had also started to receive a lot more emails from people wanting to learn how to build their own garden, so Claire started building a website to help others find out about her garden.”
We’ve had a few people come to us, like, ‘I have a couple of plants I want to grow’, and we’d just say, ‘No, you have to do your own’,” Claire said, explaining that she decided to build the site “because I just thought that if I had a website that people could see, it would make people go out and do it.
“So what made Claire decide to make her own website?”
I decided to make it for the people who wanted to learn about their own gardens,” she said.
And it turned out to be a good idea.”
Initially, the people that came to the website, the most people that come to the site are those who have no interest in gardening, because they’re not interested in buying a garden and are looking for advice,” Claire added.”
But the people we’ve had are people who are quite well educated about the garden and gardening, and they’ve been there for five years and they’re keen to learn more.
And we’ve got to give them the best information.
“Clayton says her blog has helped people find out more about their local area, but it’s also had a huge impact on people’s perceptions of her local garden.
She said people are always asking her about the different varieties of plants in the area, and how to pick which ones they should grow.”
They come to it all the time,” Claire revealed.”
What people don’t realise is there’s a difference between what we call a native grass and what we’d call a plant that’s native grass.
“But the advice she’s received has been helpful, Claire said as well.”
People are really keen to know what other people have done, so we’ve actually had people come and say, I’ve got a few plants that I want you to try,” Claire told ABC News Breakfast.”
Because they’re from the same family, they’ve got the same parentage, and there’s nothing wrong with it, so that’s the perfect place for you to get some advice.
“While Claire’s garden has grown and thrived, it’s not always easy to get ahold of information about how to grow your own.”
One of the things that we’ve struggled with is the lack of information, and we