Chippendale’s road garden plan

Chippo road gardeners Bianca, Serena and Eammon after transplanting the Tahitian Lime on Saturday 8 May 15 In Chippendale, Sydney, NSW, we residents and businesses garden in the streets.   We’ve just made a road garden plan to satisfy the local council’s desire for paperwork.   It’s written in plain English and we’ll change it as we go.   It’s here if you wish to read it.  Read More

Great new vid about how to make Chippo Plan real for us all

Mikey Leung tells stories on video.  He’s just made a beaut vid about our plan to make Chippo sustainable and the people who love it so much they’ve spent hours and hours putting it on a new web page for anyone to use to make the place where they live and work sustainable, too:…   Thank you, Mikey – you’re terrific and so’s your vid. Join with us to make the Plan happen and watch the vid and go to the link there .... Read More

Landline and food

ABC TV’s Landline programme today about food is on the ABC’s Iview website, here:…   Enjoy – there’s the Chippo road verge gardens, lots of different folks from all over working to provide the food we need.   M  Read More

Food prices and weather extremes

The Sydney Morning Herald’s columnist, Paul Sheehan, has today written a column about food prices and weather extremes; see it here -… Speaking of gardening and food, there’s lots of rain forecast for the next few weeks so it’s a good time to be planting, mulching and composting, Michael  Read More

Trees do furnish a street

A beautiful tree centred street, Surry Hills Mulberry tree and fruit, Surry Hills Here are two beautiful streets I walked down today in Surry Hills. One has trees down the middle. One is blessed with a banquet of mulberries some of which I picked and ate . . . mmmm.  Read More

Can we eat food grown on roadside gardens

When folks ask me to design a road garden a common question is, can we safely eat the food we grow there? It’s a lot safer than stuff from overseas that’s been treated to kill foreign pests and insectides – none of those treatments have been applied to your own food you grow – you grow it and know what’s been done to it. But what about car fumes, air pollution and the soil in the road gardens? Here’s some advice from one of Australia’s leading soil scientists: “During... Read More

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