With the price of fresh produce set to rise steeply with the impact of the prolonged drought and bushfires around Australia, and the benefits of gardening well-known, a new community veggie garden in Moruya is offering up plots for rent.
Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE), with funding from the IMB Bank Community Foundation, has established the garden with 14 beds at the Anglican Parish in Page Street.
“Wicking veggie beds are available to community groups and households with an annual payment of only $30 to cover water costs,” SAGE Veggies for All Coordinator Kathryn Maxwell said.
“A wicking bed is a garden bed with a waterproof lining that holds a reservoir of water at the bottom from which water is drawn upwards like a wick to the surface of the bed via natural soil osmosis or through the roots of plants in the bed. Basically it works like large self-watering pot.”
So far eight of the 14 wicking beds have been leased by six community organisations, including Meals on Wheels Out and About, the Disability Trust and Hammond Care at Home, as well as two individuals.
“Those who lease a veggie bed will be provided with seedling vouchers, sugarcane mulch and access to a range of garden tools from SAGE,” said Ms Maxwell.
As well as producing healthy food, veggie gardens can also provide access to light exercise, sunlight, fresh air and relaxation.
If you would like to lease a veggie bed you can either email Kathryn at [email protected] or ring her on 0467 558 645.