SHORT WORKSHOPS (3.5 hours – $50)
(small groups of 12 people max)

All workshops come with detailed notes, and we stop for morning tea, which is provided.  Course content is covered below under each workshop heading – scroll down for details.

Propagation Workshops in July(New Plymouth)

  • 03 July 2022
  • 16 July 2022
  • 31 July 2022

Pruning Workshops in August (New Plymouth)

  • 17 July 2022 (+ espalier)
  • 6 August 2022
  • 21 August 2022

Propagation Workshop (Jun-July)
Learn to propagate productive plants for your garden, and take them home.  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
  • Pineapple sage
  • Mints/herbs
  • Alpine strawberries
  • 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 (Jul-Aug)
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.

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