Tips from Lumo

Decorating common facilities of Lumo buildings with decorative and food plants

Witness the miracle of growth in the yard, in the clubroom or on the roof terrace of your own Lumo building. Participate in the planting of plants and put your hands in the soil, even if you do not have your own balcony. In many Lumo buildings, the Lumo teams have combined forces and allocated Lumo funds to create a common green area where the residents can relax, enjoy the greenery and grow their own plants.

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If you love gardening and enjoy witnessing the miracle of growth but do not have your own balcony or enough space on your balcony, take matters into your own hands and suggest shared gardening activities to your neighbours.

Many Lumo buildings already have their own Lumo team. You can get more information about the leader and members of the team from the building’s house manager. By participating, you might get to know some like-minded neighbours! You can also bring up the topic in your building’s Facebook group.

The gardening expert Mari Kaartokallio from Kekkilä encourages people to forget about shyness and start planning gardening activities for the shared yard areas or roof terraces together with their neighbours.

“You can take over the yard area together and become gardening activists!

Soil bags work great for gardening.

Lumo funds for shared gardening

You can start the process of growing and cultivating plants in the common areas of your building by contacting the building’s Lumo team. The teams, consisting of the residents of Lumo buildings, organise different events and make purchases for all residents to enjoy. 

The teams are awarded annual Lumo funds that can be used for different events and activities supporting the well-being of the residents in line with the action plan. These can include, for instance, common gardening activities in the yard or in the clubroom of the building. The yard area of the Lumo building of Kokkakatu in Turku is in full bloom, while on Capellan puistotie, the residents are growing food plants on the roof terrace of the building.

More community spirit with a shared vegetable garden

In addition to getting to enjoy the shared vegetable garden or green area, there are more benefits to witnessing the miracle of growth.

“Working together in a vegetable garden unites the residents. It is a natural way for the residents to get to know each other better and raise the community spirit in their building.

“For example, the residents can agree that each resident has their own planting box or that everyone can bring their own planting pot onto the balcony of the clubroom or on the roof terrace,” Kaartokallio suggests.

The spot on the yard with the most sunlight is the best place for cultivating plants. Common roof terraces are also a great places for growing food plants during summer time. See the annual gardening calendar to find out the best season for growing specific plants.

“You can take your own tomato seedlings there and watch them grow, provided that the matter has been agreed with other residents.

Residents with house plants that have grown too large for their own apartment can take these to the clubroom for all residents to enjoy, for instance.

“The best plants for common areas are plants that are planted in large pots and that are easy to look after. This way, other residents can better care for the plants as well.

You can grow almost anything in plant pots.

Finnish plant lovers

  • 40 % have started gardening or found the joy of gardening again.
  • 65 % want to grow at least a part of their food.
  • 80 % plan to grow different salads, vegetables, herbs, chillies and berries.
  • 25 % grow their own food to make sure that their food is clean and fresh.

Source: Analysis on garden trends 2021 by Kekkilä

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