In the Goody Patch Some clever community garden design ideas from Adelaide's Goody Patch Community Garden
AN INFORMATIVE AND WELCOMING SIGN
A sign tells the story of the garden, an effective way to let people know what goes on here and how it came to be. It lets vistors know how to contact the gardeners.
AN INVITING ENTRANCE
An entrance can be designed to make the garden inviting to visitors. It can be plain and functional or arty and funky.
The community garden entrance is where you say 'welcome'.
Signs can be simple or arty. This one is arty.
Community gardens are places where people come together to grow food, to meet neighbours and to learn together…
Layer different uses and activities.
Layering different activities in the community garden creates opportunities.
Arts and community gardens go together like tomatoes and snails…
For children, community gardens are adventure playgrounds.
Plan for children's play… community gardens are family places…
It is a good idea to plant the herbs and vegetables that gardeners commonly eat. These capsicum are tasty cooked or crispy raw.
Don't forget fruit. These guava will provide gardeners with sweet pickings while browsing. Bananas, pawpaw, tamarillo, babaco can be grown quickly and will provide fruity food while waiting for the slower-growing citrus to ripen.
THE DISTANT CORNERS
What to do with the garden's far reaches? The Goody Patch gardeners have built a small native plant garden complete with a bird bath. Include flowering plants and you make the bugs and bees happy too.
The entire garden including the native plant area is mulched with bark chip, other than the vegetable beds that are mulched with straw.