Would you like a small garden but lack the space?

With infill housing and apartment living on the increase, there is no better time for a Shared Garden Space to have opened in Avondale. Not everyone is a green thumb, but some of us would like to be if we had the space, the knowledge and the time.

Coordinator, Silvia Spieksma, is an Avondale resident of eight years, familiar to many through her involvement in advocacy issues in the community. A keen gardener, when the site at 93 Rosebank Road became available, she jumped.

“The reason I want to do gardening,” says Silvia, “is because of council’s change to the zoning in South Auckland where many of our vegetables are currently grown. Those agricultural areas risk becoming residential which means that our food will have to come from even further away making it more expensive. So, it’s a good thing for people to learn how to become more self-sufficient.”

There are garden beds available for use and access to garden workshops, working bees and resources. You’ll be surprised how much you can grow in a small space if managed well.

Much of the food grown in the Shared Garden Space will be made available to the community through the Feed the Streets programme and Community Fridge and Pantry.

The space is in the far left corner of the library carpark at 93 Rosebank Road. Call Silvia directly on mb 021 343 022, follow the news on FB or visit during the free/gold coin workshops and working bees held each Saturday mornings 10am-11am or Monday 10.30am-12.30.


Moth Plants, a PEST

Moth plants are a familiar site in Avondale and a noxious weed that needs to be stopped from spreading. The plant is a woody vine that can grow up to eight meters high, has sticky white sap, smothers native vegetation and produces large choko-like seed pods that dry and split, releasing 250-1000 parachute-like seeds per pod. The wind spreads those seeds and so the invasion continues.

While not subject to mandatory removal, we recommend that if you have one in your garden, you pick the pods before they burst and release their seeds. The sap is an irritant, so avoid skin contact. Or, more preferably, pull out the entire plant by its roots.

You can dispose of them in your regular council rubbish bin (not compost), or find more more information on the council website.