The garden uses both front and backyards to grow a mix of fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as some ornamental and native plants. The design has had to contend with site constraints that include shade and occasional flooding and has been guided by permaculture principles. The most productive part of the garden is in the front, facing onto the street. Julie says “It’s a great way to interact with neighbours and passers … it inspires people to grow something and it makes people happy.” A key element of interest is the way that Julie has built the soil using on site materials such as compost, worm castings and mulch. Read an interview with Julie about her garden.