NEW WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED: Organic Gardening for the Backyard Farmer (PAST EVENT)

PAST EVENT- click here for current courses

Sunday 1st April 2012 10-4pm Faulconbridge, Blue Mountains

Over the next few months I will be running a few organic gardening workshops on various subjects aimed at beginner to intermediate food growers.

Workshop structure

Morning: Theory The morning will consist of a 1.5 hour theory lesson followed by approximately 30 minutes of questions and answers. Please start thinking of your questions to bring along. They don’t need to be related to the specific topics discussed, but please keep them inside the realm of organic gardening.

Lunch: We will break for lunch at 12pm for 1 hour to share a meal and lively conversation together. We’ll provide light refreshments, but please bring your own water bottle and a plate of food to share for lunch.

Afternoon: Practical experience. The afternoon session from 1-3pm focusses on practical implementation of some of the things discussed.

What you’ll learn

Learn how to make real compost

I will show you how to make a compost superior to ANYTHING you can purchase from a shop. You’ll also learn how to make it on a small or large scale. Far too many weeds end up in land fill but are full of minerals that need to be returned to your soil. I will show you how to kill the weed seeds and make great compost from garden waste. You will also learn about the nutritional requirements of your plants and how to keep your soil (and your plants) in good shape.

Use chickens as part of your vegetable growing system

Chickens are a valuable part of an organic gardener’s tool kit. Chickens eat all your bugs and weeds, scratch and till the soil and give you free fertiliser. Learn how to use chickens efficiently and constructively (not destructively) as part of your garden system. We will be moving my chickens from their current home/garden bed into another garden bed. You can find out more about this growing system in this article. Bring along your best chicken-rustling boots!

Build a no-dig garden bed

A no-dig (or lasagne) garden bed is a simple design using lots of straw, weeds and manures (and chickens as in the photo above) to build layers of a  garden bed on top of the ground, rather than digging organic matter through your soil. Using this technique you never have to worry again about how terrible your soil may be. We will put this in to practice by building the last few layers of 2 large no-dig garden beds.

Square-foot gardening

We will be laying out a grid design and planting out a square-foot garden bed. Square-foot gardening is a simple and productive way to grow vegies in a small space. You can find more about square-foot gardening on this website.

What to bring

Please bring a folding chair, gardening gloves, hat, gum boots, sunscreen, water and a plate of healthy food to share at lunch.


Workshops are free, though a donation of $5-10 is appreciated to cover the cost of advertising and refreshments.

Safety Note: Although your skill level is not important, my block is quite steep and you will need to be able to walk easily on grassy slopes which may (more than likely) be very muddy and slippery. These workshops are unfortunately unsuitable for people with any walking related issues or disabilities.

Please fill in the form below to reserve your place, or alternatively accept the invite you may have received through Facebook. You do not need to fill out both!


About Healthy Harvest Kitchen Gardens

Healthy Harvest provides a permaculture-based kitchen garden service for existing food growers and people who are inspired to grow food. We sell fresh chemical-free seedlings, seeds and seasonal produce. We also provide educational workshops, courses, gardening consultations and services. We can help with new vegetable garden designs, maintenance of established gardens, or converting and improving existing gardens ready for growing food. Please see our website for more information: Check out our blog at for news and interesting bits and pieces.

Posted on March 19, 2012, in Chickens, Compost, Gardening techniques, permaculture, urban farming, Workshops. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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