I live in a third floor flat in Brunswick (Inner suburbs of Melbourne Vic, AUS) without even a balcony.
Regardless of the location, I've made it my mission to reclaim space around the flats and create productive gardens.
While I understand that self sufficiency is going to be unlikely in this urban environment, my aim is that every person living in this block can eat produce grown from our gardens in every meal!
Since starting the gardening project here at Mitchell Mews, I have been astounded by how many people have stopped to chat to me, while I've been gardening... residents of the block and other locals alike.
Before the garden began, no-one in the block knew each other, now we all know each others names. A side effect has been that everyone now takes a bit more pride in the block - picking up rubbish and putting out more than their own bin on collection day :-)
I know it sounds corny, but I believe in growing communities by the growing of our primary need - good fresh food!
This project will help me transform a strip of builders rubble on the eastern side of our block, into a productive garden that the residents can harvest from.
The plot I'm hoping to renovate is 11 meters x 1.2 meters
Currently, our gardens supply a constant harvest of spring onions and rocket - but I'd love to be able to grow more food in this urban setting.
I've included a pic of the most recent plot that i transformed. Its 2/3 ornamental, but I've already harvested and shared radishes and mustard leaves from the productive third.
The garden id like to create is on the other side of the path.... You can see some of the grass leading up towards the letter boxes.
This is the productive end....
here is a pic of the current 'pick your own' veg i have left in the foyer
With a few dollars and a little work, we can all be eating something fresh out of our gardens in each meal! (even in this tiny block of flats!)
Risks and challenges
With gardening, nothing is guaranteed- I've had a lot of failure to balance any success.
Regardless, I promise to share all produce with the residents of Mitchell Mews.
If you are a contributor, I will do my best to propagate whichever seeds you choose. If I cant get your chosen seeds to grow, ill provide a substitute for you.
If you live local, you are more than welcome to visit and share our produce!
- (35 days)