Designing an Inner City Garden – with Rory Harding

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

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.

Rory in his compact productive inner city backyard

Rory in his compact productive inner city backyard

The hens have a run that is around the perimeter of the porperty - making very good use of space

The hens have a temporary movable run that is currently around the perimeter of the property – making very good use of space

Rory built narrow garden bed to make best use of passageway by the side of the house

Rory built narrow garden bed to make best use of passageway by the side of the house

Strawberries are grown in an old bath tub in the paved patio at the front.

Strawberries are grown in an old bath tub in the paved patio at the front.

Climbers are grown against the warm wall of the house

Climbers are grown against the warm wall of the house

The rear wall of the property is painted white to reflect light back into the garden

The rear wall of the property is painted white to reflect light back into the garden

A tender turnip from the garden

A tender turnip from the garden

Fijioas grow instead of a hedge next to the main road. To inspire passersby!

Feijoas are being grown as a hedge next to the main road. To inspire passersby!

No space is wasted! ?? growing by the kitchen window

No space is wasted! ?? growing by the kitchen window

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