Gardening and compost make life richer for Gold Coast neighbours
- 5 May 2021 10:42AM
For the residents of a public housing complex at Palm Beach, their communal garden brings more than just fresh herbs and a shady spot to gather. Their garden is a place where they talk, share memories, and solve problems.
Lori, one of the residents and avid gardener, says the garden is a place that brings her neighbours together.
“We all agree that our lives are better because of our garden,” says Lori. “We are healthier than most folk in our situation because of the affordable rental and because of our garden. It gets us out of our units, and our heads.”
The garden was established nearly 30 years ago and is the result of contributions from many residents over the years, many who have now passed away. Lyn says many of her neighbours a part of the garden.
“Those who do not actively garden contribute food waste to the compost bins, they encourage the more active gardeners with positive words, a cutting, a pot, the gift of soil, manure or mulch.”
The garden is a no-dig garden and regular mulching keeps the weeds down. The gnomes use grass clippings from the contractors who do the mowing, and as a result have a very healthy compost.
“Our compost is highly prized. An avid gardener friend gave us most of her worms. We’ve triumphed in producing soil of choc cake consistency quite a feat in this heat.”
Lori says the two garden benches in the complex are the focal point of the complex and morning talks in the garden have become commonplace.
“The benches host daily conversations and passers-by comment on the garden. Laughter and whistling is heard often. Surely these are indicators of better mental health,” says Lori.
“Life can be tough and it’s better shared. We need not be lonely.”
Lori’s gardening tip: only garden to the extent that you are able to maintain. Share and enjoy.