Welcome to the Urban Food Garden website.
Many people dream about living on a few hectares in the country and growing their own food. Yet in reality the majority of us live in an urban environment, over ninety percent of Australians do so and most are unlikely to ever to move to the country. The aim of this site is to help and encourage people to grow at least some of their own food where they live and are always likely to live, in the cities, suburbs and towns that dot our wonderful planet. It is not meant as a complete manual covering everything to do with food production, nor do I claim to be an expert on gardening matters. What I hope this site does is:
So please enjoy this site! And if you have any gardening hints, stories of successes or failures, or simply like what you see then please feel free to drop me a line. I would love to hear from you!
This website and the garden it is based on was created my myself, John Ditchburn. It is based on a lifetimes experience of growing fruit and vegetables and being involved in the food gardening community.
I first began to grow vegetables at the age of sixteen. Since then, apart from a year spent travelling, I have always grown vegetables in one form or another. The garden featured on this website was set up in 1988. As well as running the Urban Food Garden Website I have been involved in a number of gardening activities. They include:-
I also work as a freelance cartoonist. Examples of my work can be found on my website at https://www.inkcinct.com.au/ or type INKCINCT into Google.
Individuals and community groups are welcome to download information on this site and publish it free of charge in community newsletters or websites. People wishing to use information from this site in any form of commercial publication must first obtain permission from the author; John Ditchburn.
The original Urban Food Garden Website launched on the 1st January 2003 using first Microsoft’s FrontPage, and then Microsoft’s Expression Web. This new site was launched on the 29th July 2020 using WordPress. The benefits of this new site over the old one is that it is phone friendly and fully searchable. The old site is still active as it will be some time before all the information on it is transferred to the this site. Information still on the old site can be accessed via a link on the main page of this site.