Social gardens. How to grow vegetables between the blocks

Vegetable gardens have long been rare in cities, mostly in the form of home gardens. Currently, they are found in urban spaces and development investments.

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Social gardens are springing up like mushrooms – in Central Park, the Imperial Dockyard, and many new areas of development. These green spaces in cities play an integrating role, especially those located next to real estate investments.

For a long time, vegetable gardens were associated with non-urbanized areas, and in cities they were only found in the form of housing estates. In recent years, the need for contact with nature has increased, resulting in a growing interest in growing edible plants.

– Edible plants are sensory species that affect all of our senses. An example is kale, which looks great in flower beds, among flowering perennials. Mint and sage have a pleasant smell and make a refreshing lemonade or tea, he says MSc. country bow. Katarzyna Dziemidowicz, inspector of the surveillance of green spaces of the Akant studio. – Wild garlic can also be planted in a shady place. Daylilies also appear in city and neighborhood flower beds, the flowers of which, when properly prepared, are also edible.
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Gardens with vegetables in urban space

An example of such plantings can be found in the central park of Gdynia, where, in the first stage, the community garden, that is, a space for relaxation amidst greenery, neighborhood meetings and communal cultivation of plants. There you can not only establish social relations, but also get to know and taste the treasures of nature.

– There is, among other things also adjusted to the needs of people with physical disabilities, an increased discount on herbs and vegetables, where there is, among other things, pineapple mint or Italian helm, also known as curry. The community garden is surrounded by a flower bed where you can taste quince, gooseberry and aronia fruits. You can sit for a moment under the tops of apple trees on a stone among wild strawberries, from where there is a view of the sensory garden – adds MSc. country bow. Katarzyna Dziemidowicz from the Akant studio, author of the planting plan.
Also in the revitalized Imperial Dockyard area, pro-ecological initiatives are being created, and one of them is the Plony City Garden, which was launched last year.

– It’s a place where neighbors can meet, grow their own vegetables, children can get to know nature and residents can spend their free time in a friendly urban environment – he says Dagmara Rozkvitalska of the Imperial Development Shipyard.

Designing Gardens in the Tri-City

Gardens in Tri-City Real Estate Investments

Recently, promoters have paid more attention to plant biodiversity in their investments. Thus, in new housing estates, there are more and more often sensory and ecological gardens with herbaria or neighborhood plots.
You can find them in the premises of the Zielony Południk investment, Perspektywy and Beauforta Euro Style estate, among others.

– They are not only an element of housing estate aesthetics, but also fit into the popular trend of so-called slow living where the time to stop, cultivate mindfulness and commune with nature is important. They promote integration between neighbours. First, our greenery company plants selected grass species, then groups of locals naturally form, sow and plant new ones, and care for them together. This type of flower bed also has an educational dimension: parents are happy to show children how to plant strawberries or sow dill, what mint or rosemary look like and what they can be used for. Flower beds are also great fun, when you can season a dish with herbs collected in front of the house – says the architect Monika Hrycieksales support manager at Euro Styl.
Euro Styl’s herbaria include plants from the umbel family, i.e. dill and carrot, as well as valerian, anise and wild garlic. The inhabitants of Le Méridien Vert planted lavender bushes, and next to them there were also: thyme, artemisia with tarragon, sage, lemon balm, basil and helichrysum.

– Every well-designed garden should be a sensory garden, influencing many senses, not just sight. Based on this assumption, in designing the greenery and small architecture of our estates, we pay special attention to the selection of plant species and the appropriate location of paths, squares and benches, suitable for the contemplation of nature – says Justyna Glazarmember of the board of directors of Grupa Inwestycyjna Hossa SA.
Thanks to this, in the area of ​​​​the Wiczlino-Ogród estate of this developer in Gdynia West, we can find fragrant plants such as: lavender, roses, lilacs and cloves, as well as fruit trees and flowering shrubs: plum tree ałycza , berry pear and gooseberries. As the proponent points out, the sense of hearing must be influenced by the noise of trees and bees, for which species of bee plants have been planted. Sokółka Zielenisz from the same developer is characterized by carpets of fragrant roses and the Fort Forest estate with trees and shrubs, for example, rhododendrons on the promenade leading to the water reservoir. In the investments of the Hossa Investment Group, among the ornamental plants, the following also await residents: apple, cherry, strawberry, quince and wild strawberry.

In turn, as part of the sensory garden at the Park Południe estate of the developer Robyg, vegetable crates will be created. The garden is designed to stimulate the senses such as touch, hearing, sight and smell. The vegetation can be admired from the modern and comfortable deckchairs nearby and the many benches intertwined with the paths of the park.

– In the estate there will be nesting boxes for birds, houses for insects, there will also be a flower meadow and, above all, a sensory garden, that is to say a garden of the senses filled with a carefully composed biodiverse vegetation, affecting our senses – says Anna Wojciechowska, Sales and Marketing Manager of Robyg in Gdańsk.
A sensory garden will also be built in the Leszczynowy park area developed by Domesta. Residents will also have at their disposal an ecological garden with a herbarium, vegetables and fruits.

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