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Once upon a time, a bag of apples were shared out between members of a community garden. One lucky recipient had a plan, a plan to cut up that fruit and put it in a pie. . . .

'When Good Apples go Bad' takes a look at the increasing role of community gardens in urban Wellington. Based on the idea that common ground can be used to grow fruit and veges and flowers, community gardens can foster togetherness, feed members and beautify the environment.

Visiting two very different sites, Lucy Orbell finds out about the ethos that drives communal gardeners, how they get their goods, how they divvy them up and what happens if someone's not tending to their patch.

Communal gardeners

The proof is in the pudding, or in this case - the apple pie. Organic produce becomes a hot issue in, 'When Good Apples go Bad'.