Does community gardening mean having one large garden? Not always. It can mean gardening as a community, in various people’s backyards. That’s a model that has been popular in Paekākāriki for a few years now, with a few different groups that formed during Greener Neighbourhoods programmes. Over the warmer months, a Friday afternoon or weekend garden bee is often followed by a pot-luck meal and social get-together.
These garden bees are great for getting gardens cleared and beds established, or for getting larger jobs like pruning or mulching done in a quick time. There are usually a few group members with gardening or building skills to share. With six households, having a fortnightly-ish bee over spring/summer means everyone gets a crew turning up at their place every few months.
|Potty Potters at Paekākāriki School Garden is a focus for community-minded gardeners. Twice-weekly programmes for students are mostly run by parent volunteers, but fundraising for teacher aides and garden costs falls to a behind-the-scenes group, including many non-parents. The Potty Potters meet every Wednesday mornings to propagate plants for the twice-annual Plant Sale, raising thousands of dollars for the school garden.|
POG (Paekākāriki Orchards and Gardens) is a Community Garden group in Paekākāriki established in 2013. Since then they have run a produce stall at the monthly market; been involved in street plantings; supported the school garden; investigated sites for a community garden and in spring 2017, launched a giant potato patch on one of these sites, with financial support from the Community Board.
Paekākaāiki School Plant Sale is Labour Saturday, October 21, 9-12am with shrubs, perennials and herbs as well as summer flowers and vegetables.