Did you know that there is a thriving community garden in the heart of Melbourne? It is perhaps one of the best hidden secrets in our marvellous city.
Pop-Up Patch sits atop the car park at Federation Square and is a joint initiative by Federation Square and the Little Veggie Patch Co. aimed at encouraging Melburnians to grow food in small spaces.
There’s more than 100 do-it yourself plots in recycled apple crates, enabling local residents and restaurants to grow their own produce smack bang in the middle of the city.
There’s a community demonstration garden in which regular educational workshops are held – from edible gardening, to seasonal preserving, and even scarecrow making for kids.
For $108 a month (or $3.50 a day – less than the price of a coffee!) for a 12 month period, the friendly folks at the Little Veggie Patch Co will provide you with a crate full of soil to grow whatever your little heart desires.
You can access the garden whenever you like. If you know nothing about gardening you need not worry – from Thursday to Sunday, Little Veggie Patch Co education coordinator Thom Mitchell is on hand to show you how it’s done.
Combining his teaching background with his environmental science expertise, Thom says it’s his joy to be able to share his knowledge with anyone who wants to learn:
We want people to treat it like it’s their own backyard. Everyone learns from everyone.
Thom’s smile says it all doesn’t it? If you’ve ever contemplated the idea of growing your own food, you couldn’t find a friendlier place to start. If you don’t want a patch to yourself you can share it with family, friends, work colleagues – what you do with your patch is completely up to you.
Pop-Up Patch is open to visitors from 9am to 5pm 7 days a week and can be accessed via Russell Street.
There are still a number of plots available for rent – to find out more go to: www.popuppatch.com
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