Time to get growing, peeps!
We’ve just launched two new one-day courses to help folks start gardening + growing fruits and nuts from absolute scratch.
Organic Gardening Basics
We’ve had a bunch of requests for a start-at-the-start, one day food growing course that can take you from enthusiastic-but-no-idea to someone who can, really truly, grow their own organic food.
So here it is – Organic Gardening Basics.
A one day course that covers the fundamentals of organic gardening, and doesn’t assume you know a bunch about soil or seeds or plants, and how to keep them alive and happy (not yet, anyway).
In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of:
- Garden design
- Basic botany: the key food plant families
- Annual vegetables – what they need
- Perennial vegetables – what they need
- Soil preparation and soil health
- Starting off – seed & seedling purchasing
- Propagation: seed raising, transplanting, direct seeding
- Maintenance: feeding, mulching, irrigation
- Garden ecology: pests and diseases – prevention + treatment
- Nutrient cycling – options, how they work, which to use at your place
- The fundamentals of crop rotation
- The importance of pollinators
- Harvesting techniques for different plant groups
- Seedsaving techniques for different plant groups
Sound good? We think so too. The first two editions of this course are happening on:
Small Space Orcharding
The second new course we have going on is one for those who want to pack their backyard (or patio, or veranda) full of fruit + nut trees, and get a yield.
Which is easier said than done, until you know how – we’ve all had or seen a sad potted dwarf fruit tree which has had a disappointing life.
But it does not have to be this way! It’s entirely possible to have your backyard or potted fruit + nut trees going gangbusters, and producing abundantly, in a mini ecosystem that makes your heart sing.
In this workshop you’ll learn all about:
- The benefits of perennial plants
- Which species to choose for small space growing
- Fruit tree purchasing, planting / maintenance / care / harvesting tips
- The basics of pruning for different tree types
- Strategies for maximising yield in small spaces
- Espaliering + spindle pruning
- How to multi-graft different varieties onto the one tree
- How to plant an productive micro forest garden
If this sounds like you, the first two editions of this course are on:
We can’t wait for these. And please tell your friends. Because learning to grow things is good for the soul + the earth both. Plus you get carrots, and pears. Everyone wins. See you there!