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herb share – grow and share herbs

melbourne community gardensA friend in Melbourne shared a facebook page of a community organisation he is a part of. I can’t find a website yet, but from what I can gather, the point is to join a herb sharing club, grow your own herbs, and put them somewhere where people on the street can have access to them. Then these herb share gardens are mapped, and people can come and pick other people’s herbs.

It sounds like such a brilliant idea! And something that can form real connections within communities, which is always brilliant. It creates more edible plants in the city, or in towns, and it is thoroughly sustainable.

We all know how expensive herbs are to buy. A bunch of coriander will set you back $2.50 a bunch, and I go through at least a bunch of coriander and a bunch of parsley a week. So it makes sense to grow your own, and if you can be part of a collective who also grows herbs, then, you have access to a greater range.

herb share - corianderWhat are your favourite herbs? I can almost smell them! Coriander is definitely one of my favourites, but it can be tricky to grow, apparently, going to seed relatively easily. Some authors suggest that coriander is best grown by the experts. What do you think? Is it worth growing some, just to see how difficult it could be?

Ever since I studied town planning at university, there has always been a real inspiration in an edible landscape. If the streets were green with edible apples and nectarines, and oranges, then, you could walk down the street, and feast off the urban environment, as you should. It makes the environment so much more manipulable. I really think that herb sharing is a great idea.

Herbs: Thyme, oregano and rosemaryA great way to meet new friends, and such a great way to stimulate local produce! Get involved! The project is a contender for $10,000 funding from the Bank of Melbourne for local projects, vote here (community category): http://www.bankofmelbourne.com.au/thelocalproject

Where do you get your fresh herbs? Imagine how much more delicious they would be from your or a community member’s garden! And how naughty it kind of feels to pick herbs from a garden in the street?? (hehe)

5 Comments
  • Dean
    Posted at 14:17h, 25 November Reply

    Great idea. Came across this organisation which has a similar theme. http://thelemontreeproject.com/. I definitely think it has its merits. Even if it’s not grown as efficiently or as well as the experts, it still serves to bring comunities together and get them thinking about what they can do for themselves and each other instead of feeding evil supermarket giants.

  • Sarah James
    Posted at 16:57h, 25 November Reply

    Indeed! Thanks for the link! Great to hear of another awesome Melbourne collective 🙂 It is inspiring stuff!

    They make it sound so easy too! Just plant a lemon tree in a nature strip! It will be great 🙂 Then we will all eat Lemon Delicious Pudding and be happy 🙂

    I like it 🙂

  • Sarah
    Posted at 16:13h, 03 May Reply

    Annie O’Hanlon said:

    “Hello, I was referred by a friend to pollenstudio.com.au. They may be the mob you are talking about.”

  • Sarah
    Posted at 16:16h, 03 May Reply

    Hi Annie!

    They are most certainly the guys who are doing Herb Share in Melbourne. Dan gave me his card a while back, but I misplaced it. They do some great landscape architecture work! Thanks for the link 🙂

    Pollen Studios

    I was hoping that they had a website dedicated solely to Herb Share, but I think it is coming soon. They have been doing some cool things – getting chefs to feature etc. It is such a great project, I can’t wait to see it for myself.

    Do you know these guys? How did you find out about herb share?

  • Sarah
    Posted at 16:17h, 03 May Reply

    Awesome they DO have a page within that website dedicated to Herb Share. Here it is!!

    Herb Share

    Thanks so much Annie, you are a legend. 🙂

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