As building blocks shrink in size and the want to grow our own food increases many of us are eyeing off the verge as a potential location for a productive garden. It’s a great use of space, but its important to remember that this land remains the property of the local government and if they need to change or excavate, they have the right to do so.

All the more reason why planting varieties that are quick and easy to grow has more appeal than slower species. Local Governments are keen to see residents beautifying their verge and are usually supportive of most gardens if you follow a few simple guidelines.

  • Don’t plant any varieties that will grow higher than 50cm (trees excepted)
  • In the case of adjoining footpaths, foliage can’t grow over and impact a pedestrian walkway.
  • In a public area avoid planting varieties that are known to cause allergies.
  • Many local governments require a quick sketch plan of changes proposed. They may also ask for information on varieties being planted.
  • In the case of a productive food garden the secret to success is in the soil. Start improving the soil way before the garden is ready to be planted. It will pay off in the long term.

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