LONG TIME GARDENER: Edith Ryan has been enjoying gardening for over five decades.Photo Adam McCleery/ Central and North Burnett Times
LONG TIME GARDENER: Edith Ryan has been enjoying gardening for over five decades.Photo Adam McCleery/ Central and North Burnett Times Adam McCleery

Edith Ryan is always learning and adapting with her garden

EDITH Ryan has lived in the North Burnett for 52 years, but it wasn't until she settled here that her love for gardening began to blossom.

"I never used to have any interest with gardening before I moved out here," Mrs Ryan said.

"Then my mother-in-law started to get me into it and taught me stuff like the right time to plant and my interest grew the more I learned."

Mrs Ryan lives on the Avalon property just outside Gayndah, where her mother-in-law had already cultivated a garden before Mrs Ryan took over.

"When I came here my mother-in-law had gardens around here with rocks all around them," Mrs Ryan said.

"I kept them going for years with annuals, or flowers, until it got too much for me with four kids to look after too."

Over time Mrs Ryan gravitated back to her garden and has slowly worked on it ever since.

Mrs Ryan has taken her love of gardening to a higher level in the years she has been actively involved.

"We have shade house plants in our greenhouse which is where we keep our indoor plants," Mrs Ryan said.

"I did a propagating course years ago so I just love to get plants growing from cuttings and things like that, so I am always putting new things in there."

On top of that Mrs Ryan likes to know the finer details.

"I love to learn the botanical names of things," Mrs Ryan said.

"And if I don't know its name I'll write it down at the table until I get it into my head."

Mrs Ryan sources her plants from local spring fairs or during other markets across the region as well as bringing her own.

The biggest challenge for Mrs Ryan's garden is the soil.

"We have heavy black soil here so we need to put a lot of work into it to make it looser," Mrs Ryan said.

Despite the challenge her vegetable garden continues to thrive.

"I love being able to go out and pick beetroot or peas or whatever, whenever I need them," Mrs Ryan said.

"We have strawberries, beetroot, onions, tomatoes, as well as some peas, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and some lettuce in the back."

Even though she lives on a rural property Mrs Ryan doesn't experience too much of a pest problem.

"We have a cat that keeps the rabbits away," Mrs Ryan said.

"Years ago when the kids were still here we used to have heaps of cats around and it wasn't until they had all dies off that I noticed the rabbits return."


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