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China: Green thumbs turn veggie patches into ‘edible gardens’

The vegetable garden at Meilong Sancun where plants were placed in dozens of “square foot gardens”.

A one-time garbage disposal area at the Knowledge and Innovation Community in Yangpu District was the site of happy reapers last autumn after the strip of land between two housing complexes was turned into a 2,000 square-meter vegetable garden.

By Chen Huizhi
Shanghai Daily
Jan 22, 2018


“When you no longer see red dragonflies in the pond of fleur-de-lis, you start to lament that summer is gone,” Wei said of the changing seasons that a garden reflects.

She and her team have created about 30 “edible gardens” like this one around Shanghai, mostly in residential communities.

More than just a boost to the environment, the gardens provide an elixir of community spirit.

Another Yangpu garden called Baicaoyuan, or literally “herbal garden,” is a 200-square-meter green strip in the neighborhood’s central square.

Over 20 volunteers from the community plant cucumbers, pumpkins, aubergines, peppers and other vegetables in the springtime. They hold activities to attract residents, young and old, to the project.

One of the volunteers, 72-year-old He Yuwen, said two volunteers are on duty every day to water and weed the rows of vegetables.

“We are all plant enthusiasts, but previously we did that only at home,” he said. “Taking care of a public garden is more complicated because it involves collaboration.”

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