A morning at Veg Out Community Garden

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Veg Out Community Gardens in St Kilda, Melbourne thanks to my friends Wendy and Kevin Hocking. There are 145 allotments beautifully maintained. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area. If you can’t make it,  you can check out their website here.

I was impressed with the whole set up.

Some allotment holders had gone to great trouble to individualise their plots using all sorts of artwork to decorate, lots of amusing letterboxes, and all sorts of fun paraphernalia.

The whole area was full of the most wonderful vegetables just bursting with life and I couldn’t stop snapping photos of them, I ended up with 70 (I think I have a problem!).  Here are just a few.

Not a caterpillar in sight

This is about as healthy as a little lettuce gets in my opinion. Wanted to slap it between two slices of bread with a slice of tomato. (Please note, I didn’t!)

I could post lots of veggie photos similar to the ones above but it could be (dare I say it?) monotonous.  So I have chosen to show you some plots that are a bit different below.

This was a pretty little plot

A quirky design from another plot holder. It was pretty impressive, shame I couldn’t get the whole of the ‘ship’ in the photo.

Another quirky design

Like I said, if you find yourself in Melbourne and you are interested in gardening – it’s a bit different and certainly worth a visit. Better check out opening times though so that you are not disappointed.

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steve Wallis
    May 21, 2012 @ 15:46:21

    Melburnians are oh so very fashionable, even with their allotments.

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  2. plotcraft
    May 21, 2012 @ 19:34:54

    Wow, they’re quite amazing.

    Reply

  3. Di Ferguson
    May 22, 2012 @ 21:09:12

    I loved this quirky Community Garden with it’s unusual artwork. Something I would love to explore. Tried it once but it wasn’t acceptable.

    Reply

    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      May 24, 2012 @ 07:29:30

      Thanks for the comment Di. Might be something you can raise at the next committee meeting!

      Reply

    • Rob Taylor
      Jun 10, 2012 @ 15:01:02

      What do you mean, “it wasn’t acceptable”? These gardens are open to the public every day of the year and everybody is welcome to wander through and take a look.

      Reply

      • Allotment adventures with Jean
        Jun 10, 2012 @ 15:38:36

        Thank you for your comment Rob, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to explain so that there is no misunderstanding. I think you are referring to my friend Di Ferguson’s comment.

        She was really taken with the artwork in the allotments at ‘Veg Out’ as you saw from her comment. She is an artist herself and was referring to the fact that she would like to explore the idea of adding artwork at our community garden up here in Brisbane. She had tried it in the past when she erected some quirky artwork herself. However, she was asked to remove it as it wasn’t acceptable. The reference was not made in relation to ‘Veg Out’.

        May I take this opportunity of saying that the visit to your community garden at St Kilda was one of the highlights of my visit to Melbourne and I wanted to share the experience with my fellow allotment holders.

  4. Promenade Claire
    May 24, 2012 @ 07:10:48

    people really have gone to a lot of effort and time to make their plots beautiful and fun. Lovely!

    Reply

    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      May 24, 2012 @ 07:38:55

      Hello Claire. Thanks for the comment. It was a fun place to visit. The thing that surprised me, considering the allotments are just one block away from the ocean, is how wonderfully healthy the veggies were. You might appreciate this as you live near the sea. It has been my experience that the salt air and sandy soil can make it very difficult to raise many plants. Mind you, they take their composting very seriously, they had lots of bays at different stages, a couple of them were so hot they were steaming. That must help. Kind regards. Jean

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  5. Tracey J
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 23:51:56

    Jeanster! Given how many photos you actually took and could have posted I think you have been wonderfully restrained in your selection 🙂 Cheers, Tracey

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Jun 11, 2012 @ 06:22:39

      Tracey, lovely to hear from you. Yes, I was positively ‘click happy’ as I meandered around. Show me a healthy lettuce and I have to photograph it – am I a tragic or what? And that was before I started on the allotment artwork!

      Reply

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