About Adelaide Hills Vegie Gardens

Hi, I’m Mark. I started Adelaide Hills Vegie Gardens a little over 3 years ago. In the beginning it was a hobby business on the weekends whilst I worked full time as a Research Scientist. 18 months ago I left the world of research and took the business more seriously whilst also completing studies in Horticulture.

As a Research Scientist I worked in a range of fields including molecular electronics, anti-cancer drug development, environmental contamination, defence and wine here in Adelaide, interstate and overseas. This was preceded by 9 years at university resulting in a PhD in Chemistry.

This business combines my passion for gardening, my years of experience growing food, my formal qualification in Horticulture and my love of science.

I grow food for one simple reason, I love to cook. There is no better produce to cook with than something fresh and you can’t get any fresher than growing it yourself.

I have 2 wonderful kids (and an amazing partner) who I love teaching about where their food comes from. I grew up with a large backyard with a big vegie patch and orchard. The pantry was always packed with preserving jars full of excess homegrown produce and I’m now doing the same.

In addition to being a gardener, I’m a keen cook, baker, brewer, coffee roaster, CFS volunteer, Santa imposter.

I love sharing this passion with others which is how this business started and it is front and centre in my thinking as the business grows.

ABC Talkback Gardening Show Appearance

“Wicking Beds – The Ultimate Garden Bed”

Sat, 20th April


“Growing summer vegetables in a wicking bed”

Saturday, 23rd Sep


“Talkback Gardening: Wicking Beds”

Sat, 25th March,


“Wonder Of Wicking Beds”

Sat, 22nd Feb,


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