GROW YOUR OWN WINTER VEG: COURSE OUTLINE

GROW YOUR OWN WINTER VEG: COURSE OUTLINE

grow your own winter veg

Friday April 1st: Planning and Getting Ready to Plant

Great gardens are planned ahead of time. In this first workshop we’ll show you how you can plan your seasonal planting effectively and in tune with nature.

Introduction

  • What are organic and why heritage varieties? Importance of trialing different varieties to see which work for you and your microclimates
  • Use biodiversity and scientific understanding
  • Plant recognition and nomenclature, weather patterns, natural and unnatural selection – just what is nature and natural anyway?
  • Resourcing yourself – books, internet, experienced gardeners, produce shops, fallen leaves, local farms, bamboo
  • Economies of scale – you don’t want to pay $50.00 for a lettuce!
  • Introduction to weeds and why they are a problem
  • Introduction to pest and disease control/hierarchy of controls

Planning

  • How to plan and think several seasons ahead
  • Consider Site Orientation
  • Water and other resource considerations (composting, worm farming, nutrients and amendments)
  • Soil types
  • Climate considerations –eg. does your site dry out quickly, do you suffer seasonal hail and are you in a rain shadow?
  • Season plan (based on what do you eat the most that is the easiest to grow)
  • Includes 5 – 10 of the most common and easily grown winter vegies

Site Preparation

We’ll focus on three areas of approx. 1.5m X 5 m and prepare using different techniques.

  • Demonstrate the different methods of clearing and preparing land
  • Compare different techniques and the results they produce
  • Demonstrate some of the advantages and disadvantages of each technique.
  • All three techniques will involve surveying site, assessing suitability for growing and marking out before work begins
  • Understand how to manage and work with weeds

Saturday April 3nd: All about the Veg

Grow into wonderful winter vegetables in local conditions. In Saturday’s workshop we’ll look at what to plant when, sourcing good seeds and seedlings and looking after them.

Planting and Caring for Plants

  • Seedlings and planting
  • Direct planting seeds
  • Local Planting Calendar
  • Mulching, Water
  • Pest and disease controls and introducing biodiversity into the garden (creating habitat, planting different types of flowers, herbs and allelopathy)
  • Making observations
  • Fertilising
  • Freak weather patterns and thoughts on Climate change at a soil and micro environment level
  • Soil Building

address

Ha'Penny Lane, Katoomba View Map

opening hours

  • day
  • open
  • close
  • Monday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Tuesday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Wednesday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Thursday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Friday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Saturday
  • 8.30am
  • 5pm
  • Sunday
  • 10am
  • 4pm

Stock deliveries

  • day
  • Delivery
  • Monday
  • Fruit & Vegetables
  • Tuesday
  • Bread
  • Wednesday
  • Fruit & Vegetables
  • Thursday
  • Fridge Goods, Sol Bread
  • Friday
  • Fruit & Vegetables

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