Communal Garden Workshops
Burton Communal Garden
The Garden is within the Burton Community Precinct, at the Burton Community Hub.
It is a shared space and place for people to connect, learn, relax and be inspired. Features include: a produce garden with raised, vertical and in-ground garden beds, fruit trees and herbs; flowers; a local native garden surrounding a water feature; propagation and undercover work areas; and seating. A meeting room (The Hive), kitchenette and café style casual eating space are connected to the Garden and used as part of the nature inspired programs that occur in the Garden. In the Garden we offer programs that provide opportunities to:
- connect with likeminded people
- learn about different types of gardening
- build garden items and create art works
- learn about healthy eating, cooking and nutrition
- join in shared food events; and
- contribute to environmental sustainability
There are two main community programs that operate in the Burton Communal Garden
Activities and Events
The Burton Communal Garden will run a wide range of sessions and events during the year.
Topics include: home food production; waste reduction; healthy living; music and food; and many more.
Register via email to receive information on upcoming workshops or call (08) 8406 8251.
Over 50's Social Garden Program
For adults over 50, there is a range of gardening groups available for you to choose from.
If you like being outdoors and in the garden, you’ll love working in our Garden. We will be growing seasonal vegetables, fruit trees, herbs and flowers; connecting with Green events throughout City of Salisbury and Adelaide; holding nature-based craft session and gardening information talks; quizzes; shared meals and much more. There is always something to do and you are welcome to join any of the activities in the Garden to keep it looking good for all to enjoy.
Email to register your interest in these programs or call (08) 8406 8251
Over 50’s Active Gardening Program Tuesday to Thursday 9am to 12noon
This group is actively in the garden doing a variety of tasks to keep the garden flourishing. Keep active and socialise whilst sowing and planting out garden beds, building new structures for the garden beds e.g. trellising and shade frames, or many of the other gardening-based building project we will be doings. Bookings required (08) 8406 8525.
Garden Group (50+) Tuesdays 10am to 11.30am
Garden related social group. Assisting with projects and events in the Burton Garden and home gardens. Bookings required (08) 8406 8525.
Garden Tips Talks Wednesdays 1am to 2.30pm (18+)
On various gardening and sustainable living topics. Assisting people to develop the relevant skills and knowledge to grow their own food at home confidently and successfully, live sustainability and positively contribute to the environment and their health. Bookings required (08) 8406 8525.
Friends of Nature (50+) Thursdays 10am to 11.30am
Topical nature- based discussions and mixture of interesting and fun activities. Bookings required (08) 8406 8525.
Tree Netting Garden Tip
Salisbury Seniors Magazine Issue 19, page five has a short article about Backyard Fruit Trees. The article briefly discusses two tips to get the most from your fruit trees, which include pruning and protecting them. To find out more about netting fruit trees read the detailed article here.
Local Native Plants Photo Montage
Salisbury Seniors Magazine Issue 21, page six has an article about the beauty of natives. View a photo montage of natives for some inspiration.
Growing Your Own Food at Home Notes
Starting a food garden at home is rewarding and does not have to be hard.
It can be as simple as finding a bare patch of ground, weeding with a hoe, loosening the soil, planting some seeds and watering. However, if you want healthy, robust, tasty and nutritious plants then it is worth considering a few things first about your situation and resources and having some basic knowledge and skills. This is what the resources in the notes aim to do- provide you with; some useful practical information to enable you to grow a variety of fresh nutritious foods at home.
We aim to cater for budding gardeners with varying ambitions, from turning their yard into a thriving food source, to those wanting a few pots of their favourite herbs. Our shared aim is to grow food with the best nutritional value and taste and to eat it fresh from the garden.
If you are growing in the ground you will need to understand the type of soil you have and how to prepare it for growing produce. There are comprehensive notes on the soils in Salisbury Council and recommendations based on where you live.
If you are not growing in the ground there are notes for growing in containers of various types, including wicking beds.
There are notes on how to grow and manage various vegetables and fruit trees, as well as making composts and worm farms, organic fertilising and pest control, and looking after your health and our environment.
Pack AA - Introduction
Pack A1 - Getting started: Site and Personal Resource Assessment
Pack B1 - What to grow in
Pack C1 - What is the Soil
Pack C2 - Soils of Salisbury
Pack C3 - Soil Test, Assess and Prepare
Pack C4 - Using Fertilisers
Pack C5 - Micro-organisms: building good soils
Pack D - Saving Seeds
Pack D1 - Vegetable Feeding and Sowing
Pack D2 - Propagation from Seed
Pack D3 - Seedling Care and Planting Tips
Pack D5 - Crop Rotation
Pack D6a - Vegetables for Spring Planting
Pack D6b - Summer Vegetables
Pack D7 - Growing Tomatoes
Pack D8 - Growing Cucurbits
Pack D11 - Seed Saving
Pack E1 - Growing in Pots & Containers
Pack E3 - Potting Mix
Pack F1 - Composting
Pack G1 - Water Sensitive Gardening
Pack G2 - Mulching
Pack H1 - Pest ID and Management
Pack I2 - Growing Citrus