“The journey’s been a really rewarding one because, like anything, what you put into it is what you get out,” says Matt. “Being able to work and work and work through a project has made it a lot more rewarding. We look back at it now and we see what was a really nicely, softly undulating backyard evolve into this potential permaculture site.”
Matt says he can look around his garden and see birds, fruits, nuts, herbs and spices and know exactly where they’ve been and how they’ve been grown.
“It’s very, very beautiful because it’s got different elements of rock and timber and water which have been the key to my life. I think once you plant a seed and invest into it and see it grow into a final product, that’s the most rewarding of all.”
Matt says he feels his whole family has embraced the new garden, especially the kids. “I think part of any project is ownership of it. And every individual owns it in a slightly different way,” he explains. “The kids have been no different. Grace has put her stamp on the bottle trees and Josh is drawn to the fire pit, while Thomas likes the veggie patch. I reckon it’s nice to see them involved though the cross section of the whole project.
“If I can speak though, on what it’s added to my life, it’s been the family connection. The fact that we did this project together, that we now understand how to plant and raise things is so valuable. This has been a really fascinating journey full of great experiences and great personalities and it certainly has opened my eyes to a future after cricket.”