THE PATCH: Terry Lawrence from the Lismore Community Garden shows off one of the rent-a-patch raised beds now available.
THE PATCH: Terry Lawrence from the Lismore Community Garden shows off one of the rent-a-patch raised beds now available. Dominic Feain

Rent-a-patch is a growing business

LISMORE Community Garden has re-launched its rent-a-patch idea offering garden beds to grow vegies and herbs.

Rainbow Region Community Farms Inc president Terry Lawrence said the idea was designed for community groups but individuals were also welcome.

The site has a new roofed area, a 22,000-litre water tank and a small shed for people to store their equipment.

"We make it in a no-dig method and after that it's up to the lessee to keep topped up and maintained," she said.

The raised beds come filled with compost and mulch and are ready to plant out.

"There are a few rules that go with the beds because obviously we don't want banana trees - you've got neighbours you don't want to shade out," she said.

"And even things like pumpkins because they sprawl. It's really well suited to herbs."

The garden is also a social hub where members and interested people gather.

"Some people literally come down here just to make tea and sit and chat."

Ms Lawrence said members shared seeds, cuttings and unusual plants and all were welcome, from novices to experienced gardeners.



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