SHORT WORKSHOPS (3.5 hours – $40)
(small groups of 12 people max)

All workshops come with detailed notes, and we stop for morning tea, which is provided

Liquid Fertiliser/Bokashi/Worm Farming (Feb-May)
Learn to make liquid fertiisers, use a bokashi system effectively, and build your own worm farm       

Companion planting, plant guilds and natural garden sprays (Feb- May)
Learn how to choose companion plants for your annuals, how to choose guild plants for your orchard trees and make sprays from plants to control pest and diseases

Soils and lasagne bed building (Feb-May)
Look at what nutrients we need in soils to grow food and how to get them into our soils, pH testing, brix testing, building soil using waste materials

Weed identification and building a weed biodigester (Mar-Apr)
Identifying annual,biennial and perennial weeds and their uses in the garden.  Building a weed biodigester to turn noxious weeds into garden fertiliser

Biodynamics and Moon Calendar (April-May)
Learn all about biodynamics in the home garden – putting on some preparation 500, and learn how to use the biodynamic moon planting calendar

Propagation Workshop (Jun-July)
Learn to propagate productive plants for your garden, and take them home

Pruning workshop (Jul-Aug)
Learn how to prune pipfruit, stonefruit, citrus and feijoas

Propagation Workshop

Learn to propagate using a variety of methods:

  • Hardwood cuttings
  • Semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Root cuttings
  • Stolons
  • Layering
  • Seeds – scarification and stratification

A mix of theory and practical propagation where the workshop participants get their hands dirty and propagate a number of productive plants such as:

  • Comfrey
  • Rhubarb
  • Fig
  • Elderberry
  • Chilean guava
  • Mints/herbs
  • Alpine strawberries
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon verbena

Participants will then be able to propagate their own material at home, as well as go home with 20+ propagated plants during the workshop

Pruning Workshop

Learn to prune a variety of productive fruit trees:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Citrus
  • Feijoas

Workshop participants will learn about:

  • Equipment
  • Techniques
  • Apical dominance
  • Shapes
  • Timing of pruning
  • What to prune
  • Identifying fruiting buds
  • Tying down

Workshop participants get hands on experience of making pruning cuts, deciding on tree shapes, pruning, and tying down.