The New Zealand Ecological Footprint Study published in 2014 estimated that if each of us grew 50% of our personal food requirements in our backyards that it would reduce each of our personal footprints by 25%. A big factor is because we are using land that has not been allocated to growing food. By growing food in our backyards we are, in a sense, creating productive food growing land.
In the suburbs it seems possible to grow quite a lot of your own food. But what about the inner city – where properties are much closer together and gardens are smaller? In this show, our topic was DESIGNING A PRODUCTIVE INNER CITY GARDEN. My guest, Rory Harding, and I talked about the unique challenges of growing in small inner city gardens and how you can manage them, also about some of the advantages of growing in the inner city. In particular, Rory provided tips on design or the layout of a food production system, and the plants most suitable for an inner city property.
My guest Rory Harding and his partner Kate, live in an inner city Dunedin property on George St. Rory is a very keen organic gardener with a particular interest in the Permaculture approach and their productive food producing property is called George St Orchard which Rory describes as – a polyculture of perennial foods in urban Dunedin, New Zealand.
To listen to this programme about Designing an Inner City Garden please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=9c5918eb-12ad-4cf0-972b-c81802272145
To find out more about
- The George St Orchard – go to http://www.georgestreetorchard.com
This programme was originally broadcast on the 13th August 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City.