Organic Kitchen Gardening Workshop
August 19 @ 8:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 pm$395
About the Workshop
The Kitchen Garden Workshop for spring and summer is a special one. It will cover a vast array of invaluable organic kitchen gardening tips and information to get you growing fresh organic vegetables and herbs for spring and summer. There will be plenty of hands on experience too. You will learn how to plan and start a new kitchen garden from scratch including preparing the soil, mulching, planting, fertilising, maintenance and more. If you haven’t done one of our seasonal kitchen garden workshops then this is a great one to start.
- This workshop will include:
- Vegetables for spring and summer – the best species selection for spring and summer and how to grow them, selecting for diversity and developing your own plant list
- What grows well where, maintenance, organic pest and weed methods (and how to make your own organic pest potions). Integrated pest management focussing on ecosystem health, habitat and predators. The role of weeds and how they can also be useful.
- We will look at diversity of plant families and the benefits of planting polycultures. We will have a special look at the Solanaceae Family including potatoes and pumpkins & plant up a potato patch.
- Spring propagation – how to successfully propagate seed and take soft tip cuttings
- Preparing soils for spring – nutrition, composting, fertilising (and how to make your own organic fertiliser) Understanding soil, creating a healthy soil ecosystem and the five key building principlesWater – how much a garden needs in spring & watering
- Spring harvests and how to use them – including weeds, herbs and vegetables (practical demonstration)
- Activities for Spring – develop your own spring checklist and systems.
- Building and planting out a kitchen garden from scratch using the no-dig method.
Steve Batley is the founder and director of Sydney Organic Gardens. He is a highly experienced organic gardener, landscape architect and permaculture designer, garden consultant, construction specialist and educator. Steve has over 20 years’ experience in the landscape industry, completing his degree in 1996 and combining landscape architecture with permaculture and organic gardening since 1997. Steve loves growing food in healthy ecosystems – tasty, aromatic, nutrient dense food. He uses permaculture, holistic management, landscape architecture and years of hands in the soil experience. He creates productive, regenerative ecosystems from small urban spaces, up to large acreages in the country. Steve loves sharing his knowledge and teaches people how to grow food using techniques that work with nature and improve ecosystems. It’s about nurturing life, building healthy soil, capturing carbon, creating biodiversity, and allowing nature’s complexity to do its thing. www.sydneyorganicgardens.com.au