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Tim and Shani have started a social movement in their street 'growing community'. A street party which turned into an ongoing community event.

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Comment by Lissa on April 21, 2012 at 4:38

Perhaps it depends on the demographics in any particular area.

The young ones on BLF are certainly interested but often time poor due to kids and work. I get a lot of kids and Mums walking past to the local school - I thought they would show some interest.

One young neighbour enjoys gardening but is so busy at the moment he doesn't have time. The other only asks what I'm growing as she seems to think I'm planting monster sized things on our fence line, which I'm not (Tamarillos are freaking her out at the moment).

I will eventually create something more out the front where I can grow herbs (basil, rosemary, parsley etc) that folk can share but it involves fixing the driveway first to allow for the cars coming and going.$

I have lavender growing out there and the choko....I can probably plant more things around the base of the footpath trees and lamp post. Not sure how the council will like it but the worst they can do is tell me to take them out....or fine me???

Comment by Lissa on April 20, 2012 at 17:52

That front grassed bit of driveway I have needs to be worked on, but it's going to cost money to fix it all. One day.......

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 20, 2012 at 5:53

Our front yard has been a vegetable garden for 10 years and I've had less than 1 comment per year. My neighbours are not gardeners.

Comment by Lissa on April 20, 2012 at 5:42

Nice.

I had hoped that by growing edibles on my front fence, garden and verge that I might attract some others interested in doing the same but so far I've had nil feedback. I am out at work when people walk past so I suppose that's not a positive. I will have to plant more things I think.

I need something out there where mower guys can dump their grass for composting.....I need a raised bed out near the footpath.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 16, 2012 at 12:44

Love Papasans! So comfortable! They wouldn't last long as planters but might as well make use of them in the meantime. I wonder what our council would say, never asked and for me there's more than enough of a challenge inside the fence. But think of the amount of wasted space which are just verges - horrified really at the waste.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 15, 2012 at 7:25

It needs a spark from a few committed people to turn urban insularity into a thriving, sharing community.

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