City Community Garden Gets the Green Thumbs Up

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Melbourne has seen its fair share of container clad pop up shops and bars in recent years; Melbournians love a good pop up.

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But the latest pop up phenomenon to sprout up at the edge of the city has taken root in a more literal sense.

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Run by the gardening gurus at The Little Veggie Patch Co, the Pop Up Patch (PUP) community garden has transformed an abandoned car park into a sprawling urban horticultural oasis.

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More than 140 rentable D-I-Y veggie crates are installed at the site, each one rented and tended to by a PUP Member.

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In addition to the many individual PUP Members who get their hands dirty at the garden, other notable commercial plot renters include top-notch Melbourne eateries Eau De Vie, Taxi Kitchen, and George Calombaris’ fine-dining restaurant The Press Club.

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Two converted shipping containers are located onsite, where PUP Members can buy gardening supplies and attend special community events and workshops.

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Given the seasonal, makeshift nature of the PUP, shipping containers were an obvious choice of building material; in terms of durability, versatility, affordability, mobility, and sustainability, containers check all the boxes.

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Pop Up Patch operates as an education centre, hosting a range of food, gardening and kids’ workshops that cater for all skill sets, including Edible Gardening for Beginners and Scarecrow Making.

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In the four years since it opened, PUP has cultivated a thriving community of inner city green thumbs and sustainability soldiers.

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