Affordable gardening kits

A food security crisis is now emerging. Although it is most obvious in poorer countries with high population growth, it is starting to appear in Australia.  The people who are hardest hit are the elderly on pensions and others on low-income. Many struggle to get good food on the table. Without good food, there are health consequences that add to the social isolation that they already feel.


Unley Council has developed a Food Security Strategy, with several Sustainable Communities SA people actively contributing, and has been increasing the number of community gardens and starting to put large numbers of fruit trees in its public parks – two parks so far.

The Unley Council has also given us a grant for affordable gardening kits – targeting those on low income particularly. We aim to distribute 50 kits this spring. Each kit contains four planter boxes, good growing soil and organic seedlings, seeds, organic fertiliser and watering can – all you need to grow some food. We have done a lot of testing to ensure that each grower experiences success.


2 thoughts on “Affordable gardening kits

  1. We have an asylum seeker and his son (9) living in the Marden area and trying to establish a garden. Asylum seekers receive 89% of Newstart Allowance and are not permitted to have employment. They need community support and this man would benefit from a garden starter kit if one is available in this area.

  2. One can always use old buckets with holes in them, styrene boxes from vegetable shops, in fact many unused receptacles. The bases can be started off with plant material and then covered with soil or potting mix. The plant material rots in time and not quite so much soil is used in filling the container. I use Blood and bone into the mix. Plant a cherry tomato and some greens . In time this will produce for the table and help the budget. By scrounging waste containers we are also helping to reduce landfill.

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