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Maybe your grandma told you tomatoes and basil are friends? While peas and chives are bad neighbours? Gardeners have been making observations about plant associations for centuries, but we don't often question why or whether these associations actually work. This workshop will demystify companion planting by looking at the basic principles of how plants interact with each other, with the soil, and with the good and bad insects in your garden. We'll discuss the permaculture concept of 'plant guilds' and how to diversify your garden to reduce pests and diseases. Herbs are often ideal companion plants in the vege patch and are some of the most rewarding and easy plants to grow. We'll get hands on with annual and perennial herbs growing in the gardens here at CERES and talk about how to propagate, position, plant, and maintain a number of different herb species. By gardening with an ecosystem approach we can take advantage of the natural favourable plant associations that help keep our vegetable gardens and fruit trees healthy and productive.
With many years working as a primary teacher, community development worker and horticulturalist, Carol combines these three passions by running school garden programs with Cultivating Community and facilitating adult workshops at CERES. Drawing garden wisdom from permaculture principles, conventional horticulture and chats with elderly neighbours, she loves sharing her enthusiasm for everything connected with growing and learning in natural environments. Carol is studying a Master of Urban Horticulture at Melbourne University (Burnley) majoring in urban food production.
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- Improve your gardening skills
- Learn about plant associations, annual and perennial herbs
- Pests and diseases
- Companion planting chart
- Herb cuttings and seeds
- Note pad and pen
Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear
Vendor since 2013
CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.
Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.
CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.
CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.
Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.