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Neighbours – gardening buddies

As the owners of various gardens and enthusiasts of different gardening approaches, we live in the same environment. Through the exchange of experience, seeds, saplings, crops, and with a common concern for organic waste from our gardens, we can simultaneously take care for a better condition of the environment on our street.

From one garden to the next, good advice is always heard

In the neighbourhoods where each house has its own garden, the differences in the gardens are clear. Some prefer to have lawn and swings for children or grandchildren; others enjoy cultivating fruit trees; some try to preserve the garden, arranged in the grandmother’s way; others are just now fixing modern and convenient raised garden beds. With the gardening season, life in suburban neighbourhoods moves onto open grounds. During casual chats by the fence, or visits for coffee in the garden, we observe the differences in the growth of the same varieties of plants, get acquainted with vegetables that are unknown to us, give each other flowers from our gardens and exchange surplus crops. By socialising, we also share good experiences regarding homemade fertilisers and protective preparations, together with the easiest and most successful ways of weed control, and similar things.
Various gardens and ways of life can be a good source of extra organic substances that we might use for covering garden beds, preparing compost or, last but not least, for a picnic on the street. A neighbour who prefers to only have lawn on his garden might not need the cut blades of grass. Why throw them away into the brown composter if he can give them to another neighbour to use for his compost? An enthusiastic fruit grower has more trees on his garden than anyone else, and more fallen leaves in autumn. Why rake and burn it so it is not blown onto the neighbouring gardens if a gardening enthusiast can turn them into leaf compost? The leaves raked in autumn could help people make compost for many streets with which they would enrich the soil under the street’s trees simply by collecting the leaves into black bags. We pierce the bags and store them in a shelter, then bring them out again in spring.
Gardening is a good basis for cooperation. Hobby gardeners on rented urban lots can easily connect with each other at the beginning and the end of the season, as well as various seasonal tasks. In some places, several renters even share the same composting site. The fact that the care for the circulation of good substances is part of the ecologically oriented development has increasingly been brought to attention in larger communities. Composting in households is supported by several European countries, and integration projects for composting are also being developed. In the Croatian town of Osijek, the citizens have been distributed 3500 household composters so that the collected biological waste is of a higher quality. Wherever we live, we share the environment with our neighbours, roommates and, last but not least, future generations. Through community approaches towards gardening, we can promote ecologically responsible cooperation. With community biological waste, we can make sure that the nature and plants, which are owned by the community, are taken good care of. Have you ever considered fertilising the lawn and that little flowerbed in front of the block of flats with the compost made by the households in multi-apartment buildings? Perhaps you could also plant a fruit tree together?