Beginners Home Gardening Workshop


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Tutors: Harry Parke and Yotam Kay


23rd January 2021

7th February 2021

Hours: 9am to 5pm

Learn how to grow nutritious food for you and your family in your backyard. In this comprehensive workshop, we will cover many essential topics that will help you grow a productive garden, that is capable of feeding you and your family throughout the year.

Basic principles of organic gardening: soil health and fertility.

Considerations in choosing the best location for your garden, including pest proofing.

Starting a new garden; Converting a lawn into a garden, creating garden beds & and building raised beds.

Recommended Tools.

How to make great compost.

How to use compost and other fertilizers.

Propagating your own plants; how to grow healthy seedlings.

Direct seeding in the garden.

How to plant in the garden.

Trellising and crop support.

Weeding strategies.

Watering your garden.

Companion planting & crop rotation.

Saving seeds.

Your small greenhouse.

Detailed information on how to grow: potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgettes, pumpkins, lettuce, broccoli, radish, peas, beans, onions, garlic, kumera, corn, strawberries and a few herbs.

Growing year round for a 4 season harvest.

Crop Planing.

Organic morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Please bring a plate to share for a potluck lunch.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants.

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"I thoroughly enjoyed the beginners home vege gardeners workshop last weekend. It was easy to understand, follow and have a try. It was really interesting seeing the two different types of vege gardens on the farm and a different view to each one. I feel much more confident preparing my own garden now and sowing seeds. I wasn't a total newbie at growing vegetables, however growing them successfully is another thing and probably arrived with a little more knowledge than others having read ‘How to grow more vegetables that you recommend but seeing it in person gave me the confidence I needed and being able to ask questions was helpful. I learn best by seeing and asking questions than just reading and your farm is very inspiring". Sharleen B.

"I went a long to their beginners day this past Saturday. It was on growing your own organic veggies and how to make your home garden sustainable. I didn’t know much to begin with but by the end of the day I had confidence to go ahead and start my own garden. Yotam was superb in sharing his passion and wealth of knowledge with the group and with help from Harry and Jeanette as well. There are a lot of small details that I never realised that can help your crops and garden succeed. Highly recommend there beginners course if you want to grow your own food or get into gardening more". Mathew H.

I have just done the beginner workshop and really enjoyed it. I do recommend the course you can learn a lot of helpful tips. The course is well structured and he stays on top of the topics! Thanks". Chicca S.

SKU: 10016

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