If you have wanted to grow vegetables but are not sure where to start, this is the short course for you. Get your vegie patch up and growing in time for the very productive warmer season. All of the sessions are complementary but you may not be able to attend all, or feel you don't need the information for them all so they are booked separately.
Part 1: Improving Soil Fertility Good soil is teeming with all manner of microorganisms and keeping them active leads to healthier and more productive plants, also able to withstand garden pests and diseases. This session shows you how easy it is to keep your soil healthy by making compost, keeping a worm farm or a Bokashi bucket. See all methods at work in the garden and learn how to set them up for yourself. We look at using the product of these organic waste recyclers in your vegie patch.
Part 2: Keeping Pesky Pests at bay Pests are a natural part of your garden's ecosystem but spraying harmful chemicals is not and can lead to more problems than the ones you were targeting. Here we look at more sensitive ways of tackling garden pests and enlisting the help of nature to do so.
Hands-on learning is what My Green Garden is all about and so many aspects of each session will be conducted on site in the garden (weather permitting). You will receive detailed handouts at each session and are invited to do a little bit of "work" prior to some sessions for your own benefit in planning your patch.
The class size is kept small (max 8) so you get personalised attention, but without a minimum of 4-6 participants per class per session, particular sessions might be cancelled. You will be refunded for any cancelled sessions.
Session time: this workshop commences at 10am and will finish at 1pm
BOOKING CONDITIONS Bookings are considered final once payment is made. If you need to cancel, at least 7 days notice is required in order for a refund, less a 10% administration fee. For any cancellations made within 7 days of the workshop series start date, you will forfeit your fee unless the place can be filled from a waiting list (you willl be refunded less the 10% admin fee). If you would like to transfer to another workshop, it must be done with at least 7 days notice before the start of the workshop.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER Maria has been teaching people for 10 years now about how to grow vegetables and do it all in an environmentally sustainable way. She has an extensive garden and has grown many different vegetables, all of which has added to her experience. Even though Maria has grown vegetables for a very long time, she still gets a thrill everytime seeds germinate and she harvests goodies from her patch!
This is the third and last in the series of workshops. It is expected (but not essential) that you would attend all of them but this one is probably the most important in terms of your vegetable garden and its long term prospects.
- How to keep your soil biologically active using composts and other natural additives
- How to set up a composting system, a worm farm and a bokashi bucket for promoting soil fertility
- Pest control the natural way
- Refreshments served
- Notes to take home and reinforce session content
- Barrier controls and lures to keep pests away from seedlings
- "Ingredients" for compost making
- Pen and notepad
- Garden gloves
Comfortable clothes and shoes suited to outdoors
Beginners to vegetable growing or those who would like to learn how to start seasonal vegetables from seed
Vendor since 2016
Getting back to basics is what My Green Garden is about.
This is done by providing an experienced resource for presentations, demonstrations and workshops on many aspects of sustainable gardening practices, especially in the area of growing and preserving food.
With many years working in the nursery industry, backed up with education training and experience, Maria from My Green Garden knows how to cater and adjust content for the various levels of expertise present in different groups.
Making it practical, achievable and fun is what we're about and having most classes and workshops run from a home setting in leafy Donvale, shows that you don't need specialist equipment to get great results. We focus on using tools and ingredients that most kitchens or gardens would already have. Above all, it is about giving participants the know-how and the confidence to do it themselves!
As seen in: CLASSES ON SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN MELBOURNE
BOOKING CONDITIONS Bookings are considered final once payment is made. If you need to cancel, at least 7 days notice is required in order for a refund, less a 10% administration fee. For any cancellations made within 7 days of the workshop date, you will forfeit your fee unless the place can be filled from a waiting list (you willl be refunded less the 10% admin fee). If you would like to transfer to another workshop, it must be done with at least 7 days notice before the start of the workshop. In certain circumstances, a credit towards another workshop may be given, less a 25% administration fee.