Re: Hi World - How are your community gardens?
- Subject: Re: [cg] Hi World - How are your community gardens?
- From: Tamsin Salehian firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 13:12:32 +1000
I just wanted to let everyone know that our community garden at Fisherman's
Bend Community Centre (Melbourne, Australia) had it's first 'official' group
meeting this Sunday! Five families belonging to plots (there are 8 in total
but the last three haven't been started yet) came along and we sat and
chatted about the site, composting, organic gardening, harvest parties
(already)... The site is small but is being quickly transformed from a patch
of neglected grass into a paradise of vegies and flowers.
We have decided to meet again in 4 weeks to make a whole garden design with
everybody taking part in the overall plan. Although plots are already marked
out and some have been planted, the rest of the space is still grass and
there is exciting talk of ponds, frogs, a pocket of indigenous flora, group
raspberry patches, comfrey, artichokes, a herb garden, seating, potting
table, wisteria, passionfruit... We are trying to have the local council
donate some benches, the water company donate a water tank, and some
nurseries donate some plants. Already we have tyres for vertical potato and
pumpkin beds. We also are planning to paint murals and make garden
It is so wonderful when people who were unknown to each other just a week
before can sit around and plan to make a special garden, and it is so great
that the community centre can let us have this site to take whichever form
chosen by a group working democratically, with everyone given the chance to
have their say, including under 10year-olds.
The site had been neglected for many years, as many fenced in strips of land
around multipurpose buildings are, but already many of the local residents
who walk past are talking to gardeners. A couple of retired ladies told me
that they are watching the progression of each little seedling as they grow,
and told me which ones they like. A bus driver stops and tells me about the
best ways to prevent cabbage butterflies, and lots more people seem to be
using the path by the garden as they walk home from the shops, and they all
say 'hi' as they go past, many saying how nice it is that a garden was being
Very short history...
The garden was marked out and two plots planted 6 months ago but was then
ploughed up by a contractor who was putting in new underground pipes
throughout the entire suburb, without telling us. We lost our first planting
but the work was finished in July and plots replanted in early August. Two
months on we are now harvesting spinach, silverbeet, lettuces, bok choy.
Broccoli and cauliflowers are just starting to head (about two inches
across) and we have put in tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and zucchinis. We
are mostly planting seedlings, but plan to grow our own from heriatge seed
from early in the new year. We have attached ourselves as a sister site to
Dig In Community Garden on Williamstown Road (45 plots) and we are located
in the fenced off area by the Fisherman's Bend Community Centre, at the
little shopping area near the port. I am in the process of making a website
for both gardens and will let you know when it is up!
I just wanted to share my excitement!
On 10/10/02 1:17 AM, "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com> wrote:
> Dear Friends who live outside of North America,
> My mind was blown last summer when I met community gardeners from Sarajevo
> who had sniper fire as one of their growing conditions. Hopefully your
> garden conditions were nowhere near as dire. You undoubtedly have a wealth
> of stories to share with this listserve about your gardens and gardeners.
> Please share your stories with us,
> Adam Honigman
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