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Organic Kitchen Garden Workshop – Autumn & Winter

February 28, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


For people interested in producing abundant Autumn & Winter harvests of organic, fresh, healthy, living, fruit, vegetables and herbs throughout the season.

About the workshop If you’re wondering how to have a productive and diverse kitchen garden throughout Autumn, then this workshop is for you. It will show you what plant for this season; how to maintain your garden and all sorts of Autumn activities that will set you up for not only this season but for the others to follow.

Autumn is a wonderful transformative season in the kitchen garden. A season of change in the temperate zones as temperatures drop, day length changes, growth slows and colors change. Its an important time to prepare your gardens for the hungry gaps and a great time to do many garden activities such as; collecting mulch for the compost, fertilizing your garden, planting veggies for this season and winter, propagation, regenerating your ponds and autumn propagation such as division,  semi-hardwood cuttings and more.

Workshop Program This workshop will show you;

  • How to use last seasons harvests in the kitchen
  • Soil care and nutrition; preparing the soil for autumn
  • Plant selection and autumn plantings
  • Organic fertilizers (making organic teas and brews for the garden)
  • Ponds and water edibles
  • All about berry fruits and herb harvesting and drying

This is horticulture at its best – working with nature – not against it!

About the trainers

Nicholas Crook has 30 years experience as a gardener and Horticulturist, and studied at Pershore College of Horticulture, Worcestershire. He started growing vegetables at an early age, and worked in historic houses and nurseries in Great Britain, before emigrating to Australia. He has wide experience as an organic grower of fruit, vegetables and herbs, based on permaculture principles. His gardening career has included garden design, consultation, propagation, garden maintenance, teaching horticulture and permaculture, nursery management and garden writing. Nick works at Ryde College of TAFE as a teacher of Landscape and Horticulture.

penny-portraitPenny Pyett
 BA (UNSW), Cert. Welfare Work (St George TAFE), Dip Hort Science (Ryde TAFE), PDC (Permaculture Institute).

Penny Pyett is the director of the Permaculture Sydney Institute, an institute she is currently developing with others as a permaculture eEducation and demonstration centre on 55 acres in St Albans on the outskirts of Sydney. Penny has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, horticulture, community development, management and business. Over the last ten years Penny has been teaching permaculture and horticulture courses for community organisations and at various colleges for TAFE NSW including Introduction to Permaculture; Permaculture Design Certificate and Gardening for People with disabilities courses. Through TAFE outreach she also teaches permaculture design courses for school and community garden groups, facilitating groups with the design and development of their own school or community garden.

In 2002 Penny completed her PDC with Bill Mollison and since then has played a leading management role with Permaculture Sydney North (the leading group of Permaculturalists in the Sydney bioregion) on the management committee and as President (2005-09). She was one of the key initiators and the national coordinator of National Permaculture Day and convener for the National Permaculture Convergence APC9 in 2010.

In 1999 Penny designed and developed her own urban permaculture garden at Ryde, which has won numerous awards and acknowledgment for best sustainable eco-garden and edible landscapes.

A community development worker for many years, for both local government and the community services sector, Penny has worked with many individuals and community groups in developing programs and services for their communities as well as neighborhood precinct committees. She has provided facilitative training for community groups, schools and organisations for over 20 years.

As the sometime owner of successful secondhand businesses, Penny likes to reduce waste and re-use second-hand materials in landscape design that is functional and aesthetic.

As well as quality permaculture and sustainability education, the Permaculture Sydney Institute (PSI) also offers permaculture consultation, design and community development and group facilitation services.

Part LETS accepted. 10% discount for PSI members (if completed a PSI workshop in the last 12 months) 


February 28, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Bandusia Country Retreat
1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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(02) 4568 2036


Hat, gloves, water bottle, hand tools, sun block, camera, note book and pen
Workshop, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, course materials