Permaculture Workshops

NEW PLYMOUTH WORKSHOPS 2022

(scroll down for Wellington Course dates)

INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP – 27-28 Aug 2022

FOOD FOREST PLANNING & PLANTING WEEKEND WORKSHOP – 10-11 Sep 2022

PERMACULTURE GARDENING WORKSHOP 1 – GROWING AND BUILDING SOILS – 17-18 Sep 2022

PERMACULTURE GARDENING WORKSHOP 2 – GARDEN STRUCTURES – 15-16 Oct 2022


INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP – 19-20 Nov 2022

FOOD FOREST PLANNING & PLANTING WEEKEND WORKSHOP – 3-4 Dec 2022

 

WELLINGTON WORKSHOPS 2022/2023

PERMACULTURE GARDENING WORKSHOP 1 – GROWING AND BUILDING SOILS – 10-11 Sep 2022

INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP – 8-9 Oct 2022

PERMACULTURE GARDENING WORKSHOP 2 – GARDEN STRUCTURES – 5-6 Nov 2022

FOOD FOREST PLANNING & PLANTING WEEKEND WORKSHOP – 3-4 December 2022

PERMACULTURE GARDENING WORKSHOP 3 – NATURAL CONTROLS IN THE GARDEN (the bother of bugs!) – 27-28 March 2023

Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together. Two full days – 9am-5pm.

Phone/Txt: 0211252035

Email: derinatur@hotmail.com

PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP WEEKENDS

Introduction to permaculture
Food Forests – planning and planting
Permaculture gardening workshop 1 – growing and building soils
Permaculture gardening workshop 2 – garden structures
Permaculture gardening workshop 3 – natural controls in the garden (the bother of bugs)

See below for full details on each of the workshops:

Permaculture is an holistic, practical and creative approach to landscape design, meeting the needs of people, animals and the wider community.  It integrates appropriate technology, recycling, sustainable agriculture and gardening, architecture and community building, creating diversity, stability and resilient natural ecosystems.

INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP

Learn all about permaculture design which is designing your garden space so that you spend less time working to maintain the garden, and more time harvesting and enjoying your garden.

INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE

 Ethics and Principles

  • Earth care, People care and Fair share are the ethics – how can we fit these into our design
  • The 12 permaculture principles are the basis of how we design, covering areas such as cycling waste, producing food, creating biodiversity, using nature to help us design.

 Element analysis

  • Each plant, tree, structure, animal, bird, in the garden design should be analysed for its inputs and outputs and what it brings to the design to see where it should be placed

 Multiple functions of elements

  • Each element of the design should be positioned to perform a range of functions, not just one, and each function should be supported by many elements

 Relative Location of design elements

  • Placing elements of design in the final garden plan so that it functions well and is in the right place in the plan.

 Zones

  • Zones are usually listed 1-5, with zone 1 being the closest to the house.  The zone in which a piece of land falls is a measure of how much human attention it receives

 Sector analysis

  • Look at the external energies that come onto your site, such as Winter and Summer sun, winds, views, water sources, frost. We have to identify all of the sectors before we can start our planning

Low maintenance structures

  • Finding solutions to cut down on unnecessary time in the garden, so that it is easy to maintain without additional weeding and maintenance, and may include hard landscaping and planting

Water in the landscape

  • Greywater and how to use effectively in the landscape.  How to use water sources on property and create additional ones.  What to grow in and around water

Putting together elements of a design

  • Bringing all of the learning together to understand how to create a permaculture garden design for your property.

–   2 day weekend course – Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together.

–  Places are limited to 12. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea.

–   Practical and theory sessions based at Korito Education – New Plymouth or Blueberry Fields, Upper Hutt.

FOOD FOREST – PLANNING AND PLANTING WEEKEND WORKSHOP

Learn how food forests work – how they can be designed, planned and maintained, and the sort of plants that can be put into them to make the food forest look after itself after a few years and give you very little work for a lot of return in food nutrition.  The course covers the following:

A Food Forest – what is it and why do I need it?

  • A layered food systems with plants at different heights – canopy layer, shrub layer and perennial/ground cover layer – a way to grow perennial food with little maintenance.

Products of a food forest

  • Fruits, vegetables, salad crops, herbs, nuts, seeds, spices, firewood, mushrooms on logs, medicine, honey, sap, poles, canes, tying materials, basketry.

Key features – 7 layers of a food forest

  • Vertical Layers, Medium to large canopy, small trees, bush fruit and nitrogen fixers, climbers, root crops, ground cover

Planting for fertility

  • Planting species that will nurse your productive plants and feed them potassium and nitrogen.

Site analysis

  • Sun angles, sectors, shelter, water and soil

Ground preparation, planning and maintenance

  • Start as you would plan out an orchard, but timing is important, as is weed control and fertilizing

Plant propagation

  • Learn to propagate the trees, shrubs, roots, groundcovers you will need to grow your food forest

Timing of planting and designing the layers

  • Learn when to plant the different layers that you have designed

Identifying site specific plants

  • Find the microclimates on your property and identify what can be planted there

Using design tools

  • Use a range of tools to help you realise your design

Designing your food forest on paper

  • Strategies to help you get your food forest design down on paper

Practicals

  • Propagation, pruning (season specific), soil building, creating a food forest from scratch in an hour!

–   2 day weekend course – Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together.

–  Places are limited to 12. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea.

–   Practical and theory sessions based at Korito Education in New Plymouth or Blueberry Fields, Upper Hutt.

PERMACULTURE GARDENING WEEKEND WORKSHOP 1

GROWING & BUILDING SOILS

Soil and soil biology

  • A look at what makes up our soil – test soil samples for texture, pH, soil life. No dig or double dig systems – pros and cons.
  • A look at what is happening in the soil and how we can improve the update of nutrients by our plants by increasing soil life and nitrogen fixation.

Composting

  • The best ways to compost for low maintenance – bins, tumblers, standalone, and lasagne –   C:N ratios and how to achieve best results.

Seed sowing

  • Successful seed sowing do’s and don’ts for  perfect results every time, seed treatments, hardening off, and transplanting to garden beds.

Building pallet beds

  • Pulling apart pallets and building durable, free, long lasting garden beds and fill with carbon and nitrogen materials to plant into.

Liquid Fertiliser

  • Learn to make liquid fertilisers from seaweed and plants that you can grow for a never ending supply.

Bokashi

  • How to use a bokashi bucket and where the different waste streams eg food waste and bokashi juice (EM) can be put

Wormfarming

  • Operation and use of.  Build a worm farm from recycled materials.

Mulching

  • Different types of mulches and how they are used in no-dig gardening systems.

– 2 day weekend course – Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together.

–  Places are limited to 12. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea.

–   Practical and theory sessions based at Korito Education in New Plymouth or Blueberry Fields, Upper Hutt.

PERMACULTURE GARDENING WEEKEND WORKSHOP 2

GARDEN STRUCTURES

Keeping backyard chooks

  • Shelter, best breeds, food and building a chook tractor

Small space structures

  • Building a number of structures for growing food in small spaces from gutter gardens to vertical growing structures

Herb spiral

  • Designing a herb spiral with bricks and learning about all the materials they can be built with, placement of herbs and creating a watercress pool.

Growing through the seasons

  • Building protection for plants to grow year-round from recycled materials.

Backyard bee keeping 

  • An overview of what is required to keep a beehive in the garden, equipment practical and pros and cons.

Espalier fruit trees

  • How to erect an espalier structure, how to prune espalier trees/bushes/vines

Shelter and fedges

  • Temporary and permanent shelter around a food garden or fruit tree – using plants and hard materials

Weed identification and building a weed biodigester

  • Identifying annual, biennial and perennial weeds and their uses in the garden.
  • Building a weed biodigester to turn noxious weeds into garden fertiliser

– 2 day weekend course – Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together.

–  Places are limited to 12. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea.

–   Practical and theory sessions based at Korito Education in New Plymouth or Blueberry Fields, Upper Hutt.

PERMACULTURE GARDENING WEEKEND WORKSHOP 3

NATURAL CONTROLS IN THE GARDEN (the bother of bugs!)

Pests, diseases and disorders in the vegetable garden

  • How to identify and deal with the problems of pests such as cabbage white butterfly, snails and slugs, birds, aphids, rust, powdery mildew, wasps, whitefly, frost, wind etc

Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPM) for the vege garden

  • Using and making physical traps and digital control
  • Making natural sprays from plant-based materials readily available in the garden.  Using low-cost minerals and kitchen larder contents to control pest outbreaks.
  • Using biological controls such as chooks, frogs, hedgehogs, or buying insect predators.
  • Learning cultural controls for disease eradication – crop rotation, companion planting

Succession planting

  • Learn how to time the sowing of your seeds and transplanting with the seasons and for a continuous supply of vegetables all year with minimum pest and disease

Pests, diseases and disorders in the orchard/food forest

  • How to control whitefly, coddling moth, curly leaf, birds, blackspot, brown rot in food forest and orchard trees

Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPM) for the orchard/food forest

  • Physical controls – dealing with birds eating fruit, coddling moth, whitefly etc
  • ´Chemical – making sprays to get rid of whitefly, aphids, scale and curly leaf.  Winter management of fruit trees to clear up overwintering eggs.
  • Biological – using birds and animals to clear up fallen fruit to break pest cycles
  • Cultural -guild planting fruit trees – plant placement around fruit trees to prevent pest and disease without spray intervention

Disorders in the orchard/food forest

  • Nutrient deficiencies in fruit trees – how to identify and fix
  • How to identify and deal with environmental problems – such as wind, sun, frost damage

Bug Hotel

  • Make an insectory/bug hotel to encourage beneficial insects into your garden

– 2 day weekend course – Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together.

–  Places are limited to 12. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea.

–   Practical and theory sessions based at Korito Education in New Plymouth or Blueberry Fields, Upper Hutt.