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Down to earth: Community gardens around the city
By Kirsten Warner
Community gardens are a growing trend in Auckland, a place to learn how to reap what you sow in every sense, writes Kirsten Warner.
All over the city and beyond, Aucklanders are digging, sowing and reaping the rewards in gardens tucked alongside churches, marae, community centres, on disused Transit New Zealand and council land.
Community gardens are a growing movement. There are well over 50 in Auckland alone. Some are connected with special interest groups or communities, but many welcome anyone with a desire to get their hands dirty over the weekend.
Having an allotment can be a fun, therapeutic, cheap and social way to grow your own (mostly organic) vegetables and other produce if you don’t have room at home.
People who don’t start with gardening skills are learning that if you water them, give them food and put them in a sunny place, vegetables will, mostly, grow and just about always taste better than bought.
At the former women’s bowling club at Stadium Rd, Papatoetoe, two large greens have been turned into allotments as part of a network of council teaching gardens.