Brendan says, “Gardening has always been a big part of life in my family”. Brendan has been helping in the family garden since he was two. From taste-testing the dirt and helping with the harvest as a young child, he progressed to helping his parents prepare garden beds and plant seeds and seedlings.
By the time his family moved to Northland in 2010, he had built up his skills and decided he wanted a garden of his own. He wanted to grow the foods he liked to eat and grow them in more interesting ways – he really didn’t like the way his parents planted everything in straight lines!
When his family created a new garden in 2012, Brendan (then aged 7) claimed one of the garden beds as his own. He got to be his own boss, growing the food he wanted to grow in the ways he wanted to grow it. With this experience, Brendan created a bigger garden the next year with the help of his brother Daniel and friends. And he decided to film the story of his first garden.
When his family moved to a farm a few years ago, Brendan found and claimed an old, abandoned garden area that he could make all his own, the way he wanted it to be. He created a garden with help from his fellow Kiwi Gardeners and called it the “Jungle Garden”. Brendan enjoys growing climbing plants. He has fun making structures for them to climb on, then watching them grow and helping them along when they need it.
Brendan loves growing the foods he likes to eat and has discovered that the food he grows actually tastes a lot better than fruit and vegetables his family used to buy from the supermarket!