A special garden

Over the weekend I was in Sydney and staying in the picturesque suburb of Neutral Bay on the inner north shore. I was taking a walk on the path that I have used many times when I noticed this little herb and vegetable garden. I only had my phone camera on me but it took some reasonable shots.

Someone in the ground floor apartment has cribbed a little space to grow plants, certainly where you would never expect to find them. What is unusual about the location is that the path out front is used by the public every day and obviously the grower has no qualms about losing any vegetables or herbs to the light-fingered or marauding marsupials.

What about possums, those little critters must not reside around here as they do in my Brisbane home. My Italian parsley was decimated recently and I have  a motley assortment of covers now that I have to place over the herbs every night.

Just so you know where it is.

Appropriation of public space like this shows that you don’t even need your own back yard to grow a decent amount of vegetables and herbs.

When I saw the Cavolo Nero I knew this gardener must be a foodie. I love to use this Italian black cabbage in Ribollita, a hearty vegetable soup that I prefer over minestrone.

I could not resist walking up close to the entrance, next to the steps large green capsicums ready to pick.

A local but hopefully not a threat.

  1. #1 by Pierre on May 22, 2012 - 11:07 am


  2. #2 by Debra Kolkka on May 22, 2012 - 6:54 pm

    I love cavolo nero! It is grown in winter here in Italy so it is finished now. I can buy it in Brisbane but it is so expensive. I pay $4 for a bunch that would cost me 40cents here.

  3. #3 by Francie Pitts on May 24, 2012 - 10:19 pm


    Thanks for sharing this use of public space for growing vegetables.
    A concept I have always admired.Francie.

  4. #4 by Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on May 26, 2012 - 3:31 am

    What a lovely idea! I must admit I’d worry about marauders and vandals if I did it but it looks like it is thriving there 🙂

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