Spent some time in our garden today. Separated some Rhubarb and put it onto the verge along with some strawberry runners I had propagated. Finally got around to planting the garlic which had arrived 3-4 weeks ago (its been busy!) and dug in a heap of faba bean as a cover crop.
Beets, Broc, cauliflower and carrots planted about 3 weeks ago are going well. We have had some pretty fine sunny (but coolish) days which has meant the soil has stayed relatively warm. The mornings are getting decidedly cooler now (making it less inviting to get out for a run), so we’ll see how the plants fair as we head toward winter.
Our bean tipi doesn’t look quite this fancy however the mild autumn days will see the beans & peas bulk out in the next few weeks.
I reckon my boys would be in for a few of these and they’ll fill in a bit of under-utilised space as well
a great use of under-utilised urban space.
A rudimentry analysis of data available from Open Street Map.
- There are over 600km of residential roads in Bendigo
- Assuming there is 1 metre available for a verge garden on each side of the road means there is 12 hectares of are available for food production
Add to this the large public spaces (as suggested by http://www.facebook.com/groups/590440217663807/) and you have a substantial area.
Its a sad state of affairs that public community gardens are often subjects for vandalism. There seems to be no rhythm or reason to it and often the action feels totally unjust. I’m unsure whether its the warmer weather and longer days but over the past few weeks I’ve been hearing of a few community gardens been vandalised. Its not so much that people are taking stuff without asking or helping themselves to a share in the harvest without putting in some work as well, but its that infrastructure goes missing or whole plants get taken.
Its a terrible state of affairs that we live in a world where ownership is so closely tied to feelings of security and identity. However, I believe that public gardening has a critical role to play in addressing these issues and offering an alternative.
Special thanks to the work going on at The Foraging…
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