Small Scale Sustainable Gardening

Composting & edible gardens

Small Scale Sustainable Gardening #1
Focus on Soil + Winter Growing
Saturday 25 February 10-12
Cost :$20
Learn how to achieve ‘the best you can get’ from your garden by building healthy soil and growing plants to enhance nutrition levels. Soil fertility, crop rotation and edible selection for winter will be covered.

Small Scale Sustainable Gardening #2
Focus on our seasonal harvest from the garden and the bush
Sunday 12 March 10-12
Cost $20
We will observe the health of our garden, and make any adjustments to improve it. Secondly, we will harvest vegetables and salad greens to make a nutritious meal (smoothie/salad). Learn about the healing properties of local herbs and natives, as we enjoy some medicinal teas.

Small Scale Sustainable Gardening #3
Focus on Health of Plants
Sunday 23 April 10-12
Cost $20
Learn natural methods to maintain a healthy garden through diversity of plant species, soil health, sacrificial plants and organic pest controls.

Small Scale Sustainable Gardening #4
Focus on Weeds
Sunday 21 May 10-12
Cost $25 (includes materials)
Get familiar with some common/seasonal weeds as we identify those we have on-site, and learn how manage them. We will brew a weed tea for our edible plants and make an ointment from beneficial weeds to take home.

Small Scale Sustainable Gardening #5
Focus on creating your own Seasonal Calendar
Sunday 18 June 10-12
Cost $20
We will look at various examples of these calendars then design our own individual calendars. Having this in place means we are reminded of aligning to the seasons and obtaining the optimum outcomes from each one.


About the Tutor: Judy Keats
Small Scale Sustainable Gardening Tutor, Permaculturist, Garden Mentor, Organic Grower

Judy has worked as a Community Garden Coordinator for 6 years with Triangle Park in Massey, Kainga Ora maara in Orakei marae and Kaipatiki Project in Birkdale

“I am passionate about growing food that is ‘full of life’, both nutritious and abundant. My community garden involvement has taught me the pleasures of learning, working and sharing together. Food resilience is our common goal.

To grow a successful garden, one begins with an intention to ‘care’, moves on to learn growing techniques and develop the skills of observation, and follows on towards sustainability and ‘wellbeing for all’. I am here to support with that.

The workshops I have chosen to teach incorporate my experience of permaculture applications, along with my knowledge obtained through growing organically.”