Seed Swaps

Community garden plot - Bed 1 Garden

My new allotment garden – as yet a pretty blank slate – a few plants currently there left by the previous plot owner- but I’m real enjoying thinking about what to grow! Currently there’s a few potatoes in, a couple of tomatoes that need to be removed, and some 7 year scarlet runner bean that’ll need a good cut back. There’s a good clump of parsley which will eventually come out as I have a nice parsley border in my home garden.

There’s also a single planting of amaranth – which I’m very curious about having not grown it before – I’ll have to find out when it should be harvested. There’s some silverbeet which I’ll keep – as my silverbeet in the home patch are about past it and my seedlings are still some way off, and a rhubarb which can also stay.

There’s also quite a collection of weeds which will need to be cleared, my first task, then I’ll have to look at the structure and decide on beds. It currently appears to have 6 separate beds – keeping this structure would give me four for vegies to use in rotation, and two smaller beds for perennials – I’m keen to plant some artichoke, and have been dying to try growing asparagus too. I’ve decided to list each bed as a separate garden – though they’re really all the one big patch – as it’ll make it easier to track the vegie rotations – I think.

The plot measures approx. 6×6 metres, so I should be really able to spread my vegie growing wings and plant up big.

Here’s a link to a ‘nearmap’ aerial shot of my plot at the Nunawading Community gardens:,145.1782946&ll=-37.844409,145.17837&z=21&t=k&nmd=20101001

I’ve really enjoyed just taking a stroll and sticky beaking at every one else’s plots – each so different – I even think I spotted an exotic looking taro planting – lots to learn.

Bed 1 currently contains a seven year scarlet runner bean, running up an archway, the odd carrot, some sort of curcurbit and a nice healthy silverbeet that I’d like to keep for the time being.

This appears to be the only bed in the garden free of remnant tomatoes or the odd sprouting potato, so I think this will be the place for a potato patch this Spring.

Located in Melbourne, Eastern suburbs, Australia, TeresaGreen's Community garden plot - Bed 1 garden is an outdoor organic garden that currently contains 3 plants.

This is a Community garden that is known to be in USDA Hardiness Zone 10. It has mainly Loam soil and receives Full Sun light.




It must be fun gardening in a community garden, meeting other gardeners and seeing what and how they are growing things.

Posted on 11 Oct 11 (over 7 years ago)

Thanks HesterB – it is lovely, everyone’s been so friendly, just last week I bumped into a neighboring plot holder – an old greek chap – who asked me if I planned on growing tomatoes, and as soon as I said yes, he replied “I give you some”, which I thought was pretty sweet.

Posted on 12 Oct 11 (over 7 years ago)

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