Veg out! Don’t you just love vegging out? Sitting on the sofa doing absolutely nothing except watching a bit of TV or reading a book.
It’s a funny saying though, isn’t it? I’ve never seen many carrots with their feet up watching cartoons or potatoes sitting around playing Nintendo (unless of course they’re a couch potato). But, when someone asks me what I am doing sprawled out in the lounge room, my answer is always, “Oh, I’m just vegging out.”
A few weeks ago I visited ‘Veg Out’ in St Kilda, Victoria. Sure, with a name like that you would expect to see broccoli basking in the morning sun or lazy leeks laying on the lawn and perhaps even a few chillies just chillin’ but actually, all the vegies at Veg Out seemed to be working pretty hard. They were full of life and almost jumping out of their skins with energy from the deliciously rich soil that they were growing in.
Veg Out is a fantastic place. It’s quirky and fun and inspiring. It’s a community garden where all sorts of people have a little plot of land, just a few metres square, which they plant and tend and harvest. Each plot represents the different personalities of the gardeners. Some are brightly coloured, some are very well organised and others look like they have been built by a bunch of bower birds with trinkets they found around the streets. No matter what the style, they were all overflowing with delicious vegetables and fruit.
I don’t really think there’s much vegging out going on at Veg Out Community Garden except at the end of the day when they down tools and sit on the grass with a cup of tea sharing their gardening tips and tricks with each other. It’s a wonderful place with lots of ideas that can be used in any garden, whether it’s in the backyard or a school garden. Enjoy some of my photos below and if you can, take some time to veg out!