Our Tenant Michelle JB entered the CHL Annual Garden Competition for the first time this year and was successful in receiving the second place prize for her edible garden. Michelle wrote the following story about her garden.
“When I was homeless many years ago, I would walk around my neighbourhood and marvel at the gardens of the homeowners that surrounded the homeless shelter my son and I lived in. I always said that if I had a home that afforded me to tend to my own sacred space that I would create a sanctuary, my very own “Secret Garden” to relax within and replenish from the stresses of life. When my family and I were fortunate to be offered a placement at your Community Housing residence, I knew I had finally found our “spot” where I could create my garden vision. Over the last 4 years I have taken $10 a fortnight from my budget to slowly invest in building my garden and now it is finally at a place where it is near completion, I would say we’re at the 80% mark.
The bulk of my Pot-based garden is edible – I predominately grow herbs for cooking and home-made beauty remedies as well as several forms of chili peppers as my son loves spicy foods. Growing my own herbs and chillies means I am able to create endless flavourful dishes for my family on our fixed budget. Not to mention visually the lushness of all the greens makes my heart sing. We have a few flower pots, but predominately we grow what we can consume – plus, thyme etc flowers so we get the best of both worlds.”