Verge gardens: Expect to see veggies popping up on Wollongong nature strips soon

Kate McIlwain
By Kate McIlwain
Updated October 15 2020 - 8:32pm, first published 6:30pm
On the verge: Bellambi's Kristy Lee Hammond, with her daughters Macy-Lou, Leni-Mai and Charlee, has installed a nature strip veggie garden to help connect her neighbours. Picture: Anna Warr.

Kerbside veggie patches, community herb gardens allowing neighbours to forage for food, or rows of native bird-attracting plants could soon be popping up in more Wollongong suburbs, as the council inspires residents to build new "verge gardens" across the city.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For the past 11 years, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. In that time I've covered breaking news, education, politics, urban affairs, council, environment, data journalism and development news. More recently, I became the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents two years into a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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