A tale of four veggie gardens

Posted on: October 27, 2008

Just a quick post to share with you some of the photos from the Maribyrnong City Council’s first Open Veggie Garden day. We hopped on a free bus at the council and 20 of us did a tour of four veggie gardens in Footscray, Seddon and Yarraville. The gardens were open for 2.5 hours on the day and you didn’t have to be on the bus to be able to visit, plenty of others were cycling around to check a few out.
Each of the gardens were so different but all so inspiring. Different situations and budgets and all wonderfully creative. You can see a full slideshow of my pics from the tour here: OPEN VEGGIE GARDEN SLIDESHOW
But here are a few of my favourites.

Above’s photo and these two below were from a wonderful place in Seddon that have an eclectic mix of succulents, natives, veggies and herbs. Also a couple of chickens, one named Blossom was freeranging around – she had these awesome feathers on her legs that looked like she was wearing great big pantaloons! I was quite charmed and we were delighted to hear that cats and chickens can exist in harmony. It’s more dogs and chickens you have to worry about. But not our Elliott, seeing last time he stayed at a friend’s, who raises chickens, he was caught licking a chicken’s head and touching nose to beak with it. How sweet.

The Seddon garden also had a wonderful collection of mosaic pots and displays scattered around the garden. We saw plenty of other charming examples of using small sculptures and found objects to brighten up your patch on the tour.
These two photos were from probably my favourite garden of the tour, in Footscray not far from where we used to live. It had a nice mix of structures but also lots of big beds – as you can see here. And is that not the cutest shed you’ve ever seen in your life there?
I especially liked how they used bluestone to form raised beds like we have, but to also help make the path. There was a nice mix of flowers and veggies together, fruit trees, and a passionfruit vine. I just put a couple of Black Passionfruit seeds into punnets and am going to give growing some a shot too.
I have to say, I was really heartened to hear of other gardeners mistakes too 🙂 It’s good to know we’re not the only ones to have done things like completely misjudge how much sun we would be able to get in winter and realise we might have to move our patch. Or to hear of someone growing a wonderfully vigorous passionfruit vine… only to realise that it’s a decorative variety that won’t give any fruit. That’s so the type of thing we would do!
I loved this garden below – also in Footscray. From a family with 2 little girls, living in a rental. I thought to myself – these girls must be having THE BEST time growing up at this house. They have chooks and raspberries GALORE. And I really loved how they didn’t let the fact they are renting put them off creating a productive veggie garden. Plenty more photos in the slideshow.
I learnt so much and gained plenty of new ideas of things we can try at home and also become more inspired to not be scared of changing things in the garden around a bit if necessary. AND we really really want to get a couple of chooks. Especially after reading all the fun that Gavin at The Greening Of Gavin is having with his. Perhaps in the new year! I got a serious case of garden space envy but I have to remind myself, we do a quite a bit of space… just not quite as much as all these guys! Oh well. One day.


1 Response to "A tale of four veggie gardens"

They look fabulous. Just thought I would let you know that we have a Border Collie who did not have a great track record – she had killed at least one duck and eaten a pet rabbit but she is absolutely fine with out chooks, not friendly just not interested.

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