The beginner’s guide to inner-city gardening

9 November 2017

No space is too small when it comes to gardening. Whether you’re a gardening novice or simply new to inner city apartment living,  there are many ways you can add a touch of the great outdoors to your home.

Greg from the Docklands Community Garden tells us how.

Balcony gardening tips

If you live in a building with access to a balcony then it’s easy to add colour and greenery to your view.

  • Check the weight allowance of your balcony: If you’re thinking of adding pots, be sure to first check the weight allowance for your balcony.
  • Assess your balcony space Before choosing plants, figure out whether your balcony space is sunny all day or shady and cool or a mixture of both. Wind can also be a factor, so consider whether your plants can survive strong gusts.
  • Vertical gardens can save space Short on space? Think about creating a vertical garden. Simply attach a frame to the wall for small pots filled with succulents, colourful flowers or fresh herbs for a garden that won’t take up too much space.
  • Come again When selecting plants from the nursery section, ‘pick-and-come-again’ pots, such as leafy greens and herbs, are a good choice for a small yet continuous supply of fresh ingredients.
  • Start with herbs When it comes to developing a green thumb, herbs are a great place to start because they don’t need much space and are fairly straightforward to care for. Plus, they can add some great flavours to your cooking!
  • See what your building is doing If you are unsure, consult your building manager or owners’ corporation to see whether the building has communal herb plot, rooftop bees, worm farm or composting arrangements.

Docklands community garden

If you don’t have balcony access or don’t want to stress about caring for your own garden full time, you can sign up to participate in the Docklands Community Garden.

This communal garden is open to everyone living and working in the Docklands, but if you’re going to make use of it you’re encouraged to get your hands dirty and only take what you need for your next meal.

You can sign up to take part in planting days or working bees, get added to the weekly roster for watering and weeding, or donate a little bit of money to help stock up on gardening supplies. You can even donate your organic matter to help benefit the health of the garden through composting!

Register your interest on the Docklands Community Garden website

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