Market Garden Park is a new community garden in a new housing development called KIAH.
The market garden on this site was one of 6 gardens located between Eastern Valley Way and Alpha Road from 1880 to 1950. The garden was originally farmed by a group of Chinese gardeners, who regularly carried vegetables in baskets around local streets to sell to residents. The garden continued until 1949 and was one of the last market gardens in Willoughby.
Three years ago as part of the redevelopment of the site, the area is once again turned into a productive edible garden, with a combination of annuals and perennials plants.
Launching this new garden we have some enthusiastic residents who keep an eye on things. We have 4 large beds, part of some have already been gardened by a couple of locals so they retain these spaces. Otherwise it’s an all share community garden.
We have 6 compost bins, worm farm and some permanent plantings like paw paw, lavender, rosemary, thyme. Our aim is to teach residents how to garden organically and come together to enjoy each others company.
We make our own pest sprays – like aphid rhubarb spray and coffee spray for caterpillars which we hope to demonstrate during the trail.
Come along and meet the friendly members of this new community garden. I’m sure they have plenty of experience and information to share on how to start a new edible garden.
The Market Garden will be open as part of the Sydney Edible Garden Trail on Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm only.
ACTIVITIES on Saturday:
- 11.00 am: Seed saving workshop
- 1.00 pm: A beginners guide to composting with worms – presented by an experienced beginner. [Presented by Subpod]
- 2.00 pm: Seed saving workshop
SEED SAVING DEMONSTRATIONS will be held at 11:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday. The wet and dry methods for saving seeds from cucumbers and tomatoes will be demonstrated, as well as saving lettuce and bean seeds (if available). Visitors will have the opportunity to try seed saving and take some seeds home with them.
Please note that there is no power or toilet on site. The garden is both wheelchair accessible and child friendly.