Here are some of the things we are learning as we delve a little deeper into the Grow Some idea.
Rules and Regulations.
Some cities oddly have a thing against veggies in the front yard. Fortunately our council is laid back, for now.
Landlords may be fussy about what happens on their property.
Seeds may be cheap but soil, fertiliser, tools and building materials are not. We have a tool lending library at the planning stage.
To overcome the costs of setting up I am bravely going to stand up in front of our feisty seniors' club and pitch a garden sharing plan. Muscle in return for mentoring and a share of the harvest. Garden sharing is not as simple as it seems when personalities are involved. A good match is important.
I'm also hoping the seniors might let go of any tools they no longer use.
Our Homesteading School is putting on a frugal beginner gardening course. We have asked for sponsorship to avoid charging a fee.
Garden club is asking for names to go on a mentor list.
Literacy challenges are evident in our target group.
Single parents holding down two minimum wage jobs, don't have much left over at the end of the day.
Apathy, burn out, depression. Poverty sucks the life out of you.
I'll keep you posted as things evolve.