Wicked! Sunbury’s new wicking vegetable beds

Amira with Hume Mayor, Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou
Winter fun: Amira with Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou.
Pedestrians will soon be able to watch fruit and vegetables grow along the eastern side of O’Shanassy Street in Sunbury.

Hume City Council is set to install five wicking garden beds at the recently-revamped restaurant and café strip.

Everyone is invited to help plant seeds and seedlings in the beds on Saturday 28 May 2016 from 11.15am until 1.00pm.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the plots would be a real talking point.

“These beds are set to feature everyone’s favourite vegetables, like spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, and kale,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“They will enable children and adults to learn more about the way food grows, and I’m sure the plots will add tremendous colour to O’Shanassy Street.

“The edible plants are set to be looked after by people from across Sunbury, under Council’s Grow & Eat O’Shanassy Street - Adopt a Veg Bed scheme.

“These plots will be an attraction that brings the entire community together, and I encourage anyone who would like to be involved to attend our wicking bed planting day.”

Several local families will help to maintain the wicking beds, which will also be cared for by the Spotted Owl and Just Planet cafes, as well as students from Sunbury College.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said O’Shanassy Street was a perfect location for the plots.

“The footpath receives plenty of sun and is well-protected from heavy winds,” she said.

“The wicking technology will see water stored at the base of each bed for the roots of vegetables to absorb as required.

“This is set to help save water right throughout the year, and may mean the beds won’t need any additional watering at all throughout the winter months.”

The plots have been constructed by The Little Food Garden, a Sunbury business that teaches people about the food system via workshops, market gardens, and the delivery of fresh produce.

In late 2015, Hume City Council completed its upgrade of the eastern side of O’Shanassy Street, which was designed to make the area one of Melbourne’s premier dining precincts.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Council had invested $2.1 million in the revamp.

For further information about O’Shanassy Street, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 6 May 2016

Updated : 4:19 PM, 9 May 2016

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