Does Your Urban Home Have Enough Space For A Garden

urban gardeningClose your eyes and picture a garden. Chances are you envision a vast expanse of color full of any vegetable, fruit, berry and herb you can think of. You are not along in seeing this classic image of open spaces and country charm.

If you live in an urban setting, does this mean you cannot grow your own food and flowers? Where there is a will, there’s a way. Take the landscape design students of Unitec, for example. In a bold display of determination, they have produced a vegetable garden rife with home-grown edibles inside a discarded silo.

One student, Melissa Marjo, proclaims that their project clearly indicates that a healthy garden can thrive in any urban environment. She broke this down by saying they were provided a blank canvas and took the concept of growing food in an urban setting and developed something with stunning visuals to inject some excitement into people interested in gardening. All you need is a couple unused meters on a deck or in a yard, even on a roof, so there is no reason not to start an edible garden.

This inspirational project began as part of the Growing the Future event at Wynyard Quarter on April 17 and was developed with Aucklands Urban Pantry. Using a touch of artistry, the team had interwoven the rich local history in their project. Marjo said that the media they had chosen (scaffolding, scrap concrete and metal) is a direct reflection of local industrial history. 

Marjo went on to say that their hopes were for people to see all of Wynyard Quarter’s history. There is a working port and tank farm, as well as a public park and green space that is open for all to share. When creating an urban garden one may run into some unique problems you may not see elsewhere, but a little ingenuity goes a long way. Marjo says that the silos own set of problems were very much worth the effort to work round.

There was the initial problem of the lack windows in the silo as well as the time of year being in-congruent for the growth cycle. The group of student is very proud of being able to best these problems and they wish to be an inspiration to others. However, we are really proud of what we have achieved and hope it inspires people.

Emily Harris, the Urban Pantry coordinator said the project has opened many minds to what a healthy vegetable garden could look like. “We bring creativity to food growing and sustainability to create fun experiences for people and to inspire them to bring more of this into their lives,” she said. This inspirational display has created quite a rippled effect in urban minds. Ask yourself what you could do to better utilize your urban space?