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!
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.
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