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Gardening is an activity anyone can enjoy, regardless of your age or circumstances, or even lack of a green thumb! Discover the many benefits of gardening.

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Gardening at home videos

Wellbeing SA, with thanks to the Adelaide Sustainability Centre, have developed some videos that will help you to dig deeper into what makes a garden tick and how you can get your hands dirty. The videos focus on:

Gardening is a great way to connect with green space and nature

Gardening can be a simple and very healthy hobby. It's not just about producing healthy food; gardening can also feed our body, mind and spirit.

Observing and exploring the mysteries of a garden ­– seeing seedlings emerge from the earth, getting your hands dirty, breathing fresh air and the feeling the rush of physical exertion – brings great physical and emotional benefits.

Gardening can:

  • reduce stress
  • bring a sense of calm and happiness
  • improve our health, nutrition and wellbeing.

Gardening is for everyone

Gardening is an activity anyone can enjoy. Regardless of your circumstances – or even lack of a green thumb. Perhaps you’re renting and unable to make permanent changes. Or you might be an older person or have mobility restrictions, or you may have limited time or money to invest.

But whether it’s utilising recycled containers as pots, making vertical or hanging balcony gardens, or planting easy-to-grow herbs and water-friendly native plants, there are creative solutions that allow anyone to get involved. You may like to start by simply growing sprouts in a jar on your windowsill or caring for indoor plants.

Have you ever wondered:

  • What is soil and why does it make clothes dirty?
  • Why are worms so important anyway?
  • Where do birds sleep at night?
  • When should I feed my plants?

There's a never-ending story in your own backyard and observation is key to unlocking the plot!

The Department for Environment and Water have some useful resources for learning more about gardening, including a plant selector, local planting guides and fact sheets on bee and wildlife-friendly planting as well as growing your own food.

Community gardens

Community gardens are a great option for people who don’t have much space. Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food, to learn, relax and make new friends.

Libraries SA can also help you grow better connections with nature through their enormous range of gardening titles, available as physical books, ebooks, magazines and audiobooks.

Your local council is also a great resource. Many councils offer gardening related workshops throughout the year, subsidised compost bins and plant or tree vouchers. They also might be able to connect you to a local community garden.

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