Balcony Garden Workshop
May 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating indefinitely
“Abundance and Beauty on a Balcony”
About the workshop
Picture your balcony like a hanging garden of Babylon, overflowing with herbs, veggies and flowers? Imagine picking your own herbs, micro greens, salad, herbal tea, potatoes maybe even mushrooms. No space is too small and every balcony can grow something, helping to reduce food miles, carbon emissions and green house gas pollution. Growing your own also ensure you become more self-reliant and in control of the nutrimental content of at least some of your food. Growing your own food is the responsible thing to do and its fun and healthy.
I bet you’ve never considered producing your own eggs or even meat from quails on your balcony. What about worm farming or even composting? Propagation can be easy and so is developing your own balcony garden into an interesting, productive and diverse oasis.
This workshop shares with you many strategies you can use to create your ideal balcony garden, ensuring you can use the smallest of spaces to its full potential, in its most efficient and effective way to create maximum abundance. This workshop looks at balcony design, activities, routines and timings to ensure you maximise the potential of your space. This will set you up to be managing the whole system in an ongoing permanent and sustainable way.
At the end of this workshop you will;
- Be able to design and develop a balcony garden
- Understand the process of design, construction and sequence of events
- Gain foundation skills to be able to manage your balcony garden such as propagation, worm farming, composting etc
- Become familiar with a range of plants suitable for numerous balcony environments and microclimates
- Growing food in pots and containers
- Maintaining your balcony garden – fertilising; watering mulching
- Small animals on a balcony
- Understand some of the issues and pitfalls faced by balcony gardeners and solutions to overcome them
- Be provided with resources and information to assist you after the workshop
- Be provided with the ideas, inspiration and confidence you need to ensure you create the ideal balcony for you whatever your circumstances
This full day workshop provides both the theory and practical hands on-skills. At the end of the day you will also walk away with your own box of veggies ready to start.
About the trainer
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.