To discuss any aspect of the planter boxes, contact Guy by email or by phone (0416 203067).
The project featured in Metro Express, which is the Metro’s internal magazine.
Here’s the roll call of the people who helped to build the planter boxes: Alan, Andrew, Bev, Bruce, Charlie, Chris, Constance, Dana, David, David, Felicity, Glenn, Greg, Guy, Heath, Imogen, Jamie, Jane, Jeff, Jenny, Kate, Kilian, Mac, Martin, Maryrose, Natalie, Owen, Pam, Paul, Paul, Peter, Rachael, Susan and Vera.
Particular thanks are due to:
- Paul Gale-Baker, from Macleod Organic Community Garden and Paul Morland, from Bellfield Community Garden, who jointly led the work.
- Felicity Gordon, who has done some brilliant artwork.
- Charlie the Stationmaster and his colleagues, who have been most hospitable.
- Bev, Dana, David, Duang, Evan, Glenn and Guy, who have been the core maintenance team.
- healthAbility, who have provided funding (and Dana).
- Local Food Connect, who have provided funding (and Bev).
- Bulleen Art & Garden nursery, who provided many of the materials at cost.
Duang is one of the people who has spent time looking after the boxes. After one visit, she posted the following in the Facebook group: ‘Today a lovely boy walked up to the planter box at the Eltham station and found one fully ripe strawberry. “May I have it please?” he asked, and popped it in his mouth. “Ohhh that was so YUM, so SWEET, the BEST ever”, he said. “Thank you strawberry plant. I will come back again.” And off he went to board the train heading to Flinders Street Station. Another lady with a sketching pad and a pen in hand placed her pad on the edge of the box and started to draw. After 15 minutes, she showed me a lifelike drawing of nasturtiums complete with flowers. Then off with a broad smile she went boarding the train heading towards Hurstbridge. Such is a gifted pleasure the planter boxes afforded my visit to water the veggies earlier today.’
Here are some pictures of the wicking beds.
Here are some pictures from the day that the wicking beds were built:
Thanks to Chris, Dana, Felicity, Imogen, Susan and Vera for the photos.