This is a huge, mostly-shaded backyard at a house that I share with six other women and a number of very active community groups. It hasn’t been gardened at all in at least a year, but there are outlines of garden beds here and there that I intend to try to reclaim.
It’s going to be an interesting exercise, growing food for a household of seven in a space that is used for lots of other activities- I’m only half-joking when I consider the use of barbed wire (electrified!) to keep enthusiastic but garden-blind people out of my beds and off my seedlings.
Moving to this garden has also necessitated a pretty hard-core education campaign on how to harvest herbs without killing the plants. So far it seems to have been successful and I’m greatly enjoying the satisfaction of seeing my food-plants enjoyed by other people.
Other challenges of this space: a hefty population of possums & fruit-bats, a resident dog and two cats, and a sense of it being a bit of a communal dumping-ground (“No you CAN’T leave your rusting bike carcass in my veggie patch!”). Benefits of the space: a steady supply of willing hands to help me out, lots of mouths happy to eat the food I grow, and an appreciation of the wacky & creative side of gardening. Also LOTS more space to garden, and a whole lotta scope for improvement.
An outdoor organic garden located in Sydney, Australia, glittertrash's Big sharehouse backyard garden [archived] currently contains 0 plants.