As a postgraduate student, Paul Richards spent two years creating and planting some very sophisticated gardens.
Raingardens have been identified as a way to protect waterways while providing a self-watering and attractive landscape feature. Paul wanted to take this to the next step and see how productive a vegetable raingarden could be for local communities.
The project was part of Melbourne Water’s 10,000 Raingardens initiative. Researchers from The University of Melbourne, Monash University and Melbourne Water wanted to know if vegetable gardens can be effectively grown using urban stormwater runoff.