Gardeners: Chris Garlett, Siggy Proslmeyr, Casey Fyfe and Michael Ward work in the Djidi-Djidi garden.THE Djidi-Djidi garden at the back of Avon Youth has been up and running for a year.
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It was providing children with a living example of the garden-to-kitchen cycle, Avon Youth’s Michael Ward said.

Brookfield Rail donated the railway sleepers with the Work for the Dole crews also assisting, covering the materials and labour component.

The garden is maintained by school refusers as well as children who come for drop-in.

“They get to water and harvest any ripe food,” Mr Ward said.

There is a compost pit, soon to be a worm farm and also a pond up and running with either marron or yabbies.

“We have enjoyed corn, tomatoes and pumpkins,” Mr Ward said. “We’ve share the food among ourselves and have created our own tomato sauce for pizza bases and the pumpkins for pumpkin and potato bake.”

The garden willbe pulled up shortly, making way for the new season with broccoli, spinach and peas.

Chickens will followand egg incubation began last Friday, taking about 20 days untilthe chicks hatch.

Avon Youth chief executive Venessa Miler said the original goal was to create a peaceful space to relax.

“Then we decided to plant the garden to highlight the earth table -plant it, grow it, cook it,” Ms Miler said.

“I think as a society this is something we should be getting back into, not just for the health benefits but also the savings to the purse.”

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