This veggie patch was my dream veggie patch! Filled with all sorts of lush growing goodies. I must say I did have gardener’s envy when I first saw this productive space. It was tucked away behind a gorgeous old stone cafe. The Avon river bordered one side of this patch…so pretty.
The produce that is grown in this garden is used in that gorgeous old cafe. Fresh is best!
Here was an interesting garden helper that I have not seen in actual use before.
Garden cloches are used in cooler climates to help delicate seedlings grow in a warm protected environment safe from any damaging frosts or cold weather. As I live in a sub-tropical environment it is not something that would be used here much.
Those garden cloches just added to the English feel of the patch and made me feel that I could have been in the UK somewhere…
If you feel inspired to make your own cloches then check out this article by Milkwood Permaculture…their glass cloches are an example of upcycling at its most productive.
The veggies are mostly grown in raised beds.
Even though this space is small many fruit trees do grow here.
These fruit trees have been trained along frames or wires to use the space effectively.
Bits and Bobs
This veggie patch had lots to see. It was great to slow down and explore.
What I did notice was no mulch was used in this patch. It could have been the time of year, as it was still cool.
A bee hive. I didn’t want to get too close but got a quick snap.
Loads of flowers were in this veggie patch to attract those pollinators.
and even a hotel for them to visit!
Scarecrows usually scare me – not just the crows. There are some I find just a bit creepy but these happy scarecrows seem friendly enough 🙂
The veggie patch at Christchurch botanic gardens puts garden techniques into action so those that visit can be inspired. I enjoyed spending time here like I do in any urban veggie patch. Knowing that food is growing amongst a concrete jungle always makes me happy!
How about you – what urban veggie patches have you visited? Please feel free to comment below, we would love to hear about your adventures.