Community vegetable garden in Balmain

A community vegetable garden grows on a footpath in East Balmain, Sydney

An experimental community garden in East Balmain, Sydney Australia

On an early evening walk the other day, Bill and I happened across an ‘experimental community garden’ which had all manner of organic vegetables growing. There it was on a footpath – three small hand-built planter boxes growning spinach, herbs and tomatoes.

The sign simply said:

Experimental Community Garden: you are welcome to pick what you need for your next meal … all of the seedlings are ‘heirloom variety available from www.diggers.com. Anyone can contribute. Water is mostly recycled while the soil is mostly organic garden compost which is topped up periodically. No herbicides have been used.

I’m not sure whether this is part of a community garden project or just something that the local community has started. We have parkland near us at East Balmain that is rarely used, some of which could be turned into another community garden. Bill and I have been talking about it for some time so the wonder of finding one in Balmain already has spurred us on to talk to our local councillor about getting our community garden going.

Love to hear if others are starting their own community gardens or if you belong to a network like www.communitygarden.org.au

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