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Fern Avenue Community Gardens Entrance


People are becoming increasingly interested in organic gardening and sustainability, and local councils help to encourage this with community gardens and events like the Sustainable Communities Fair.

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Masses of Plants @ The Community Garden


If you don't have enough room to grow your own plants then a shared community garden is a great idea, and Mitcham Council has recently consulted residents about doing this. Many Councils have established areas already, Adelaide City Council has fardens in the South Parklands and Fern Avenue Community Gardens are an Unley Council initiative.

The gardens are very popular with local residents and there is currently a waiting list to take part, but if you're interested in joining then the coming Open Day is a great opportunity to have a look around. One of the benefits of having a plot here is that you can attend the Organic Gardening Courses held in the straw bale building on site.

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The Straw Bale House @ Fern Ave Gardens


When I looked around the gardens it seemed that they were just starting to produce summer crops. Broad beans were being harvested, while fruit trees such as persimmons, figs and peaches were all in their spring foliage. Most people grow vegetables, although there are a sprinkling of flowers too.

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A Scarecrow Guards the Gardens


I understand that the Gardens are also used by Unley Gardeners Plant Rescue, a group which tries to save unwanted plants from gardens where the house is being demolished. This sort of sharing and re-using is becoming increasingly popular, with events like Pia's Free Plant Swap Meet becoming popular.

Once the site of a jam factory built in 1857, this land is again giving much back to the community that nurtures it. Come and see how at the open day on Sunday October 28 2012.

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A Crowd of Crops and Colour in the Garden
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Why? Eat well, eat organic
When: 12 - 6pm
Phone: (08) 8274 1156
Where: 18/20 Fern Avenue Fullarton SA 5063
Cost: Free
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Haha. I just pulled over on Fisher St to have lunch after the Plant Swap, and took some pics of the hole they are building. Then noticed the community garden sign :)

I do enjoy growing summer veg though, then making fresh tasty tomato and basil toast.

What's wrong with your citrus?
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11042) 2225 days ago
Dave I'm starting to think you must be good at gardening :) maybe you can help revive my citruses LOL
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2225 days ago
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