Darcy Donovan is proof that age - and house size - is no barrier to owning a garden any green thumb would envy.
The 92-year-old manages 14 raised garden beds in the backyard of his Wollongong townhouse, growing huge vegetables that could easily feed a large family.
The gardening veteran devotes an hour every day to tending his beloved vegies and plants, using compost to grow everything from peas to cauliflowers and spinach.
Despite his age, Mr Donovan is keen to "live green", composting food scraps and making plans to keep chickens who will eat the rest of his leftover food waste.
An avid gardener from a young age, Mr Donovan said his father was his inspiration.
"We always had gardens growing up and we were always out there digging around and looking after our cow," he said.
"My father won medals in 1908 for his gardening, he was very talented."
Mr Donovan spent nearly 70 years looking after a huge garden before he moved into his present home.
His new backyard garden, growing for about four years, has produced kilos of fresh vegetables and inspired neighbours to try their hand at gardening.
It has also received accolades from Wollongong City Council after Mr Donovan recently took out the council's Give Composting A Go! competition.
The council's promotions co-ordinator for waste management Fiona Netting said Mr Donovan's garden was truly inspirational, proving growing vegetables was achievable in any backyard.
"People think because they have a small backyard, they can't grow produce but it is possible," she said.
"Even if you have concrete, you can use no-dig gardens and hanging pot plants to grow vegetables."
Ms Netting said compost could be used to enhance backyard gardens, adding vitality to soil.
Compost bins can be purchased from the council's Greenplan nursery on the third Friday of every month.