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 Garden – Native bed around the Street Tree

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With the street tree planted in late April, the cooler weather and recent rain meant that May was the month for completing Stage 3 of the verge. It is the largest part, between the concrete path and the kerb.  The traffic calming means that I don't have to worry about people alighting from parked cars [...]

Myoporum boninense ssp.australe (Boobialla)

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Suggested by a volunteer at Kumbartcho Nursery as a more local Myoporum than the finer leaved ones you buy in the shops, and a very hardy low-growing shrub for the front verge. Small white flowers in Autumn followed by berries. Full sun or semi-shade Grows to approx. 50cm with spread of 1 to 2 metres [...]

Putting the Native Back into Native Strips

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On Friday, our new street tree was installed in line with the blue dot by two friendly workmen from the BCC.  They called it a "Lop Con" short for Lophostemon confertus (Queensland Brush Box), and it's the same as the others in the street. One neighbour who is also missing a tree has already ordered [...]

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. [...]

Enchylaena tomentosa – Ruby Saltbush

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Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery, December 2016. Planted in south-west corner I will watch how it goes - for consideration in the native verge garden to be planted out this autumn. Shrub to 0.5 Metres High by 1 Metre across Aspect: Full Sun Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Moist to Sandy Description: Dense Prostrate Habit Evergreen [...]

Woohoo, I’m getting a street tree

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Our street has several street trees but for some reason there are gaps - and there's a big gap on both sides of the street in front of our house. Did little trees die from neglect?  Did someone remove them?  Where they ever there? So, I phoned the Brisbane City Council call centre 3403 8888 [...]

I’m Planting on the Verge

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The land is public so you need to consider and manage the reactions of neighbours and others affected. Verge gardens can be, but don't have to be, food gardens. More important than the suggestion of individual plants are the general guidelines which allows you to choose your own plants that fit your location, soil, taste, [...]

Verge Planting – Brisbane City Council Guidelines

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The Brisbane City Council have finally given in to pressure from green-fingered residents and now has a policy to allow gardening on verges or native strips in front of houses. Their guidelines were announced in August 2016 and updated in March 2017. They can be accessed here and the Brisbane Times article with some interesting [...]