Spring is here, and it’s time to pull out your gardening gloves and dig up your shovels. Brisbane City Council has changed its policies and is now in full support of residents planting verge gardens alongside footpaths – creating a more beautiful, clean and green Brisbane.

Tips for starting a footpath garden include keeping it well maintained and safe, keeping the footpath easily accessible for everyone and using native/water-wise plants.

More exciting news for those with a green thumb is the launch of a Seed Bank at the Gabba Ward Office. With the aim of supporting local gardeners and preserving genetic diversity, donations of seeds suited to Brisbane’s subtropical climate are being encouraged.

It’s as simple as bringing in any seeds on weekdays between 9am and 5pm, or leaving them by the office’s front door after hours. Once set up, gardeners are able to drop by and grab seeds for free.

So, get outside and get planting – veggie patches, verge gardens and whatever contributes to cleaner, greener Brisbane city.

To find out more information and general verge garden guidelines, visit the Brisbane City Council Website.

Words by Raashi Agarwal
Image supplied by Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network