It feels ever so naughty at first.
Being invited to dig up someone else's garden is akin to a dog being told it's fine to jump the fence and start kicking up dirt.
It makes me so happy . . . but I keep waiting for the catch.
As I get mucky in the mud - a great joy to the normally desk-bound - I find there is no catch.
It's pure heaven and I want to tell everyone how good it feels.
By Monday morning I'm still so pumped I'm raving like an idiot about it to my workmates.
The concept is simple but truly blows your mind.
Your neighbours have a really big backyard. Sadly you don't.
You both want to grow vegetables but don't have the energy or people power to do so.
They invite you and others over to grow veges, in essence forming a community garden on private property.
It restores the great Kiwi tradition of vegetable growing at home and puts power back in the hands of the people, not those controlling the price and quality of vegetables.
Revolutionary. Hell yes, in a kind of warm, fuzzy sort of way.
Many hands make light work of the gardening, you'll share knowledge and walk away with armfuls of produce to play with.
Our project has been going just a few months and even a vegetable hugger like me can feel inundated by the amount of gorgeous produce.
My monthly blog 'I Dig It' will document our journey and the highs and lows of the vege patch.
The project got going thanks to gutsy 81-year-olds Riro and Denys Marett of Milford who didn't mind inviting strangers over.
My news story got it rolling and after a couple of Friday night chardonnays my ethics about not getting involved in stories went out the window. That weekend I signed up.
I have an idyllic bush property that nutures native giants but keeps my vege patch in the dark.
Others on the project have handkerchief sized backyards and some live so close they've jealously peeked at Riro and Denys' generous backyard.
We share gardening knowledge, solve the world with yak over the lettuces and walk away with greens to keep ourselves and our families healthy.
Our welcome from Denys and Riro is so warm that it no longer feels naughty, but nice.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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