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.
CERES members will receive a 10% discount by entering the discount code 'ceresmember' under the promotion and gifts code field.
*Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted
Carol is a passionate food gardener who has been teaching horticulture at CERES for the past 3 years. With a background in teaching and community development, she loves sharing her passion for everything connected with growing fresh food. Carol also coordinates two school food gardens and is studying a master of urban horticulture at Melbourne University (Burnley).
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