Friday, August 10, 2007

Starting a community Garden

Cool videos showing the history and startup of a Australian Community garden.



6 comments:

George said...

Hey, I'm interested in starting a community garden (we kinda have one in the area, but it has high walls and is run by a church - it isn't really open to the general public). Can you give any advice on how to start? Unused land around here that isn't park seems rather limited...

John said...

Hmm starting a community garden is a mamoth undertaking, I have just been scattering seeds and planting trees in abandoned lots around the place and wouldnt reccommend trying to start a community garden unless you were hugely determined. You could try talking to the church or finding out if there are any around the city that are more open. One of the coolest community gardens in Auckland and a great one in wellington are on church land.

Aaron said...

John have you done a post about your seed scattering? or can you tell us where you've been doing it, I used to live in Auckland but can't remember where the ideal spots are

John said...

I may have done one in the past, I have lately just been scattering seed which has been spilt at work around any disturbed areas. For instance they have just bulldozed across the road so I will be scattering seed on the bare soil. Areas which have been flooded, bulldozed or had the soil disturbed in any major ways should be fine for scattering seed or seedballs. I will put some photos up in the next week and give some links to how to make seedballs

George said...

Seed scattering! Doesn't that make you a biocolonialist :P ?

John said...

Bicolonisation?? The seeds im scattering are all colonisers which thrive on disaster most of them play identical roles and are very similar to the other "weed" species which currently colonise the sites im scattering the seeds on. Im merely using an edible relative to the "weed" plant for example I scatter peas on sites where the ornamental peas are already growing wild. Or I scateer edible brassicas where the wild inedible type already grows. Im just utilising hte disturbance which is already created.

Tom spreads so called whens like wattle when he spreads seeds to speed up colonisation and soil enrichment. :)