Now that the days are getting shorter and the wind is blowing hard outside, I am spending much less time on my balcony. I was looking through my phone and found some pictures I took at the beginning of this month on a sunny day in a beautiful neighbourhood garden that is just opposite my boyfriend’s apartment building in Geuzenveld (West-Amsterdam). Through the summer I have regularly passed by to check out how things were growing and test my plant-recognising-skills (that still need some practise!).
I love the way that this small square of paradise has been set up in this very residential part of town on a corner of unused land, between the huge modern Parkrand appartment complex (which you can see in the background) and a building site.
The neighbourhood is full of rabbits so the only way to keep these plants safe was to build a wooden wall around the garden. The plants are grown on raised beds and there are all sorts of things from huge sunflowers to herbs, dahlias to strawberries…
In my ideal world there would be urban gardens like this on every corner, where people could garden together to grow edible and decorative plants. People from different generations and backgrounds could learn how these plants grow and this would help create a real community spirit by contributing to a common project.