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Organic Gardening Basics

June 27th, 2015 ( 9:00 am - 5:00 pm )

Sydney, 107 Rooftop Garden

Update: Bookings for this course have now closed. Click here to find any Organic Gardening Basics courses we have scheduled.
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This one day course is for the absolute beginner gardener. Do you dream of having your own organic garden to grow food at home, but you’re not sure how to begin?

We’ve created this course because not everyone knows instinctively how to garden, and that’s fine. Clearly what’s needed then is a really good, absolute beginners course. So we’ve made one.

By the end of this course you’ll have the basics of garden design, soil, vegetable growing and seed saving covered.

And you’ll be ready to go home, get your kit together, design your patch, break ground, and start growing beautiful organic food at your place.


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


By the end of this workshop:

You’ll understand the differences between the plant families, and know how to prepare soil for planting. You’ll know how to propagate seeds, plant them out, and care for them as they grow.

You’ll also have knowledge of different organic nutrient cycling strategies, basic garden design, and you’ll be ready to get growing!

And eating the fruits and vegetables of your labor (that bit comes a little later).

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About your teacher:

Brendan Morse trained as an ecologist-botanist. His passion for all things wild has inspired a journey through landscaping, tour guiding, bush regeneration, reforestation, horticulture and environmental education.

When he’s not educating at CERES in Melbourne or teaching folks to grow their own food with Milkwood, he tends a suburban oasis of veges, herbs, honey bees, chooks, mushrooms and fruit trees with his extended family in Melbourne’s inner north.

Included in your workshop:

Your workshop includes take home and online resources for garden design and crop planning, as well as some seeds and other garden helpers to get you growing.

We also provide tea + coffee and organic fruit throughout the day.


About the venue:

This course will be held in the workshop space adjoining the 107 Rooftop Garden in Redfern, Sydney.

The 107 Rooftop Garden is an inner-city food system full of vertical gardens, intensive veggie beds, aquaponics, beehives, dappled shady nooks and lots of hands-on opportunities to learn and grow good things. More about the venue here…

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Booking into this workshop

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or if you prefer, contact Trev in our office to arrange payment.

Beginner’s bundle – for those who want to do Organic Garden Basics + Small Space Orcharding on the same weekend, we’ve got a special bundle price for you! See below.

Please ensure you read our refunds policy prior to booking your course.

Update: Bookings for this course have now closed. Click here to find any Organic Gardening Basics courses we have scheduled.

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