verge garden

Reclaim the curb (and win a prize!)

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Our native verge is lush and vibrant.
Our native verge is lush and vibrant (although only partially edible).

We’re great believers in homeowners playing a direct role in their street. The most visible (and perhaps the easiest!) way is to plant out the verge.

In our case, we’ve planted one verge with native plants (above), as well as a second containing herbs and other edibles. Both are lovely to walk by (we think).

That’s why we’re excited to hear about the Reclaim the Curb initiative, who are holding a competition to Create Australia’s Most Edible Curb.

What a great idea! So get planting, and submit your efforts to win a prize 🙂

(The deadline is 5pm 31st May 2013.)

Our native verge garden has grown quickly!

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Our native verge is lush and vibrant.
Our native verge is lush and vibrant.

Nine months ago we guerrilla gardened a native verge, to flesh out the space around the two trees we planted when we first moved into the house.

In a remarkably short period of time it’s grown out to fill the verge, making for a bold statement of native vigour. The Pennisetum advena ‘Rubrum’ (the purple grass in the middle of the verge) has grown staggeringly quickly, overwhelming a few of the lomandras. It’s survival of the quickest in this verge!

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, this was the verge when first planted, in March last year:

The verge when first planted, nine months ago.
The verge when first planted, nine months ago.