Common Ground — container garden in the heart of Adelaide

Mij Tanith reports...

THE COMMUNITY GARDEN IDEA for the heart of the city was generated from tenants of Common Ground, who were growing plants on their balconies and showing an interest in more gardening options to their management.

To harness this energy, Common Ground successfully applied to the council in 2008 for a community grant for table gardens and negotiated a site.

A robust, raised garden bed of sturdy metal provides accessible growing space for those less mobile.

A robust, raised garden bed of sturdy metal provides accessible growing space for those less mobile.

The garden has been established for approximately six months now and about 12 tenants work each Friday on the garden. They have working bees from 10am on site — people are more than welcome to come and have a look at what the tenants are achieving in the heart of the city.

Some of the huge benefits the tenants are getting out of the garden are social support, fresh food supply, meaningful and fun activity, skill development, ownership and pride of the work.

However, some of the challenges they face include that it is only a temporary site (as the area is earmarked for development), there's limited resourcing and they share the facilities with Adelaide City Council maintenance staff.

An small orchard in big pots.

An small orchard in big pots.

Raised garden bed with sunshade.

Raised garden bed with sunshade.

Even taro can be grown in containers.

Even taro can be grown in containers.

The gardeners have developed a DIY approach to using the Bokashi composting method.

The gardeners have developed a DIY approach to using the Bokashi composting method.

A door covered in blackboard paint is a useful place to leave messages for other gardeners.

A door covered in blackboard paint is a useful place to leave messages for other gardeners.

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