Silverdale hobby farm a labour of love

It can get lonely living on a small rural property in the outlying hamlet of Silverdale.

But thankfully for Marg Borg, she has hundreds of pumpkins to keep her occupied.

The hobby farmer grows and sells a variety of seasonal vegetables to locals.

Even though she doesn’t make a lot of money, Mrs Borg loves to see the smiles on the faces of her customers who come to pick up her fresh produce.

“The farm keeps me busy,” Mrs Borg said.

“I’ve had my market garden for about 25 years.

“Gardening is relaxing. It is nice to get out into the fresh air and the garden is always changing and growing. 

“People are happy when I give them my good quality, home-grown, fresh vegetables.”

Mrs Borg had a bumper crop of pumpkins and for $5 a pop, they are great value.

“I have a good crop this time because it has not rained much recently which keeps the pumpkins firm,” she said.

“I have butternut, nugget, jarrahdale and jap pumpkins.

“I only harvested them a week ago so they are still very fresh.”

The mother-of-four learnt how to garden from her father.

“When my daughter was two, she liked to play outside so I started a vegetable garden,” Mrs Borg said.

“I had too many vegetables so I used to give them to the post office owner.

“Then she started to give me $5 for a box so then I started to make up more boxes and sell them to other people.”

Now Mrs Borg grows pumpkins, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, zucchini, kale, beans, corn and herbs. She has two acres worth of crops.

“I grow what is in season,” she said.

“I like the winter crops because I don’t have to water the crops as much and people like to cook more hearty meals.”

Mrs Borg said her hobby farm was a labour of love.

“First my husband ploughs the ground with the tractor,” she said.

“I give the dirt lime powder and make sure the dirt is fine.

“Then I put the seeds or plants in. I have to keep the ground moist for a couple of weeks. 

“The fertiliser or manure is then added. I pull out any weeds, keep watering and I can harvest the crop after about two months.

“Once I buy fertiliser, manure, petrol for the tractor, maintenance for the tractor as well as buying the plants and seeds there isn’t much of a profit.

“But I still love it.

“It saves me money when I go to the shops and I like to keep busy and active.”

Mrs Borg said her daughters also have green thumbs and enjoy tending to there own smaller vegetable gardens.

She sells her produce in a small box for $10 and a big box is $15.

Mrs Borg said it was hard to sell to supermarkets and it was not worth her time to go to markets.

“I sometimes advertise on Facebook but most people know I sell the vegetables so they just ask me what vegetables I have at the time,” she said.

Mrs Borg can be contacted via her Facebook page, Marys Home Grown Fresh Vegetables.