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Veggie patches! At Fed Square!  Sowing your wild oats in the city has never been more wholesome

Good news all you vitamin-deficient, concrete-jungle-dwelling mall rats. In a joint venture between the kind folk at Fed Square and the green-thumbed gurus behind Little Veggie Patch Co (experts at cultivating life with scant more space available than a shoe box), the rooftop car park at Fed Square has been converted into sprawling community garden.

With 140 plots up for rent, it means that you can get gardening (just like Jamie O pretends he does), and reap the fresh rewards of what you sow.

If, like us, you like the idea of tickling life out of packets of seeds, but have proved to be ham-fisted with a hoe, Mat Pember and Fabian Capomolla (the Veggie Patch guys) are on hand to teach you how to end your reign of horticultural terror.

Rooftop Honey are getting involved, with ten beehives to be installed that will provide Fed Square’s cafés and restaurants with raw and unprocessed honey by Christmas (the bees need to settle in and warm up first – cute!). The restaurants surrounding the square are also getting their own plot, which means, no doubt that being an apprentice chef just got a lot dirtier.

If your enthusiasm is more of the back-seat variety,  you can still pop in for a visit to see the demonstration veggie garden, shop and info centre.

Either way, it's a great opportunity to get a few extra wears out of your Meredith gumboots.

Subscriptions for plots are now open through Pop Up Patch.

Updated on 19 Feb 2014.

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