Verge Planting

Brisbane verges, so-called nature strips, are public land yet residents are required to maintain them. They are usually either neat green turf or barren and weedy. Maintaining manicured turf uses water, fertiliser, weedkiller, poluting mowers and other tools, and isn’t the best way to spend your time. The neglected verges harbour environmental weeds.

In 2016, Brisbane City Council finally gave way to community pressure and produced guidelines allowing residents to plant out their verges.

Verge Update July 2019

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It’s two years since the main verge was planted out. The street tree is thriving. The westringia against the road are well establised. Myoporum (in the foreground right) seems to be indistructible and has tiny white flowers. Cuttings strike well.   Pink and white cosmos have come up from seed and brightens the mid-winter garden. The… Read more

July Posts, Garden Jobs & Reminders, Verge Planting

Dianella brevipendunctulata – Blue Flax-Lily

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Dianella berries (November 2018) on front verge. Rich purple berries follow delicate flowers. Bought as tubestock (3), Kumbartcho, December 2016.Planted on west side of tank. Bought as tubestock (30), Kumbartcho, December 2016.Planted on south side of verge. Label says:Herb to 60 cm HighAspect: Full Sun / Semi-ShadeSoil/Conditions: Dry / Well-DrainedEvergreen Perennial, Dark Green arching strap-like… Read more

Natives (A-Z), November Posts, Garden Jobs & Reminders, Verge Planting

What is Greenspace, anyway?

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In debates about the environment, urban planning and development, the need for greenspace is a bit of an accepted wisdom. “Protect our greenspace” is the one argument against a new development that nobody dares argue with. But what do people really mean when they talk about greenspace? Does everyone mean the same thing? Do they… Read more

Community Gardens, Planting for Wildlife, Urban Planning, Development & Rainwater, Verge Planting, Weeds and Biosecurity

Why I Won’t Be Growing An Edible Verge

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I was among those who lobbied my local councillor about street planting laws and was delighted when the BCC finally came out with their new policy allowing verge gardens in 2016. Admittedly, it could have been better. Jerry Coleby-Willliams offered valid criticism of its shortfalls and the policy could be much improved with his input… Read more

Garden Design, Planting for Wildlife, Urban Farming, Verge Planting, Weeds and Biosecurity