Vegetable and herb gardens are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and become more self-sufficient as well as sustainable.
They’re also no longer the domain of those with large properties, backyards or even courtyards- they can be grown up, not just outwards.
Green walls can be decorative as well as useful and edible and they can be grown in small or difficult-to-use spaces.
Edible walls are popular in Singapore, New York and the UK, where they can grow enough produce to feed hundreds of people.
These green, vertical walls are also becoming popular on television reality shows including My House Rules and The Block, which have demonstrated their usefulness.
University of Technology, Sydney post-graduate researcher at their Institute for Sustainable Futures Judith Friedlander said these walls meant there were no longer any excuses not to garden.
UTS researchers have found that these green walls make cities more habitable and more human by being able to grow your own produce.
They’re also good for greening our cities, becoming more sustainable and reducing carbon footprint by becoming less reliant on store-bought produce.
As they become more popular, they’re also quickly becoming design statements, and increase the environmental friendliness of any building.
As city dwellers turn to homes on smaller plots of land or high rise living in apartments, the home garden is becoming more scarce, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help the environment by growing your own vegetables and herbs.
Community gardening is the way for people to gather, get their hands dirty and take pride in growing their own produce which they can share and serve up at their dinner tables for their family and friends.
University of NSW research has shown the city farm phenomenon has been driven by concerns about health and the environment, as well people seeking to overcome alienation.
Increasing costs of groceries and the prospect of food shortages are also factors that attract people to community gardens.
Not only is it good for your social life and health as well as the environment, community gardens have also proven to be a plus for real estate prices.
A study in the North American publication Real Estate Economics looked at housing values around community garden projects and found that in poor neighbourhoods where housing prices were significantly lower than in surrounding vicinities, values increased as much as 9.4 percent over the five-year period following a community garden’s opening. Research is yet to be available about this in Australia.
To get involved in your local community garden or to start one, contact your local council for more information.