Planting Day at 107 Rooftop Garden

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You know it’s going to be a good day when you jump out of bed, pull on overalls and work boots, and head  for the door with your big straw hat, garden gloves in your pocket.

It was raining in Redfern when we arrived in the morning, but that didn’t matter one little bit. It was planting day at the 107 Rooftop Garden , and we were going to rock it.

By mid morning, the sun was out, drills and angle grinders were sounding, and we were loading in straw and irrigation and plants and pipes and a bathtub.

Planting day is a big milestone for this garden we’ve been making, even in it’s small-ness. We’ve been thinking and designing and dreaming of this garden for 2 years, and now it was time to get it all growing.

Thanks to all our amazing collaborators, donors, crew and volunteers, we were just about ready to go. Just add beautiful people, ready for a hands-on Sunday afternoon.

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Thanks to everyone who came and lent a hand, we were able to plant all the annual + forest garden beds, set up the aquaponics system, plant all the vertical gardens, swap stories, drink kombucha (thanks Gillian!) eat cheese and go home happy, with dirt under all our fingernails.

To plant a garden is a good thing. Thanks everyone for helping it to happen.

Where to from here?

Well, we’re ramping up to hold our Summer Permaculture Design Course in this garden and get our students stuck into practical applications + strategies for urban permaculture.

Beyond that, we’ll be running lots of free talks + community workshops, and producing lots of free seedlings + as much food as we can for the community as we go.

We’ll also be producing a heap more online how-tos on the growing techniques + solutions in this garden (and beyond) so make sure you’re on our weekly newsletter to get those in your email.

BIG THANKS to our garden’s supporters + collaborators:

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3 responses to “Planting Day at 107 Rooftop Garden

  1. Wow, fantastic story in pictures! Questions: what did you use to line the corrugated iron circular planting beds (and why?)? And isn’t the metal going to make that soil (and the roots in it) very very hot?

    And is the vertical garden a commercial system you bought off the shelf?

    I LOVE the stone/metal edges of the big raised beds.

    Full respect for what you’re doing!

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