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Re: Plants for community garden

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Plants for community garden
  • From: Tamsin Salehian tamsin@sparecreative.com
  • Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1970 21:13:49 +1000

Thanks so much for the excellent ideas!

1. Our Botanic Gardens are great for native flora and also landscape
achitecture although unfortunately they have stayed away from vegetable
growing (except for an amazing organic garden area of the Tasmanian Botanic
Gardens - over Bass Straight an all night boat ride so a bit far
unfortunately) and I will follow up and have a chat with someone at the
botanic gardens in Victoria (maybe I should encourage the gardens to have a
domestic/farm section?). We also have a great local native nursery co-op
specialising in endemic species some of which are threatened and we do want
to plant a whole section like this - especially to attract the birds (like
the cheeky wattle bird) as well as link in with the history of the site
(something that I feel is important, like an honouring of the land).

2. A place for flats for raising young plants is a really good idea. Would
this need a watering roster of some sort, none of us visit the garden
everyday, more like every second day depending on who has what in their
plots...are there web resources documenting this or setting out a 'how-to'?
- maybe purchasing the book mentioned would be bes?

3. As it gets hot in summer for a month or so (about 35-40 degrees celcius,
ummm 97-ish farenheit), would the greens mentioned cope because of the
shade? - would they be out of season, the asian greens would be great.

4. Lastly, I was wondering what plants community gardens have planted as
'communal' plantings, things which grow and can be shared around or take up
too much space for individual plots so could be in community areas. In a
sunny spot we have planted an artichoke so far, but was wondering if other
gardens have had good experiences with other types of plantings which
benefit everyone? Has anyone had problems with comfrey getting out of
control - we haven't planted any yet but think it might be good for
composting and mulching?

Happy gardening everyone!
Everytime I visit the garden I'm continually surprised that I always leave
feeling so happy (I'm sure I look quite dotty cycling home smiling).

Thanks again
Tamsin
Melbourne, Australia


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