DIG IN: Terry Lawrence from the Lismore Community Garden shows off one off the Rent-a-patch raised beds with renowned local gardener Simon Clough.
DIG IN: Terry Lawrence from the Lismore Community Garden shows off one off the Rent-a-patch raised beds with renowned local gardener Simon Clough.

Rent a patch and grow your own

WANT to get into gardening but don't have the space?

Lismore Community Garden has re-launched its rent-a-patch idea offering garden beds to grow vegies and herbs.

This Saturday locals are invited to check it out from 11.30am-1pm on the corner of Brewster and Magellan Sts.

Rainbow Region Community Farms Inc. president Terry Lawrence said the idea was designed for community groups but individuals were also welcome.

"We tried it earlier but we didn't have the roof, the tank or the shed," she said.

"Simon (Clough) has co-ordinated the building of the new roofed area by volunteers and it feeds the tank so now we have 22,000 litres overflowing.

"The shed has a watering can and a wheelbarrow for members and they can keep their hand tools in there if they want to."

The raised beds come filled with compost and mulch and are ready to plant out.

"We make it in a no-dig method and after that it's up to the lessee to keep topped up and maintained," she said.

"There are a few rules that go with the beds because obviously we don't want banana trees - you've got neighbours you don't want to shade out.

"And even things like pumpkins because they sprawl - it's really well-suited to herbs."

The garden is also a social hub where members and interested people gather regularly.

"Some come down here just to make tea and sit and chat," she said.

"So you can come down here and get engaged, you can be a complete novice and learn about gardening, whereas other volunteers have had gardens all their lives - some people bring in seeds, cuttings and unusual plants."

For more details phone 0402 549 963.


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