This weekend we ran our backyard vegie production workshop. It ran over 2 full days and covered a wide range of topics based around 4 main areas.
No dig gardens and
Natural Pest control
Design covers aspect and site analysis. Participants draw a rough plan of the property, put in north ( or south for our Spanish participant) and existing structures etc and then we start adding various aspects of the property that will have an effect eg winter sun, summer sun, strong winds etc. We ask them to make a list of things they would like in their backyard and look at how all these are best placed.
Propagation is next and we look at making our own seed raising mix and potting mix, how to sew seeds, when to pot up, how to plant out and much more. We discuss what vegies to grow, how much of each for family requirements and how often to plant to have continuous supply.We construct a simple propagation house using hay bales and an old window, and discuss where to place it in the backyard for maximum efficiency.
We get our hands dirty making a nodig garden and planting it out discussing placement of various seedlings depending on size, access and time needed to mature.
Natural pest control starts with the Web of Life game where we try to show how completely we are connected to everything else and how disruptions such as pesticide use will disrupt the web.
We build a frog pond...
and a worm tower..
"Very informative and inspiring and helpful. I have learnt enough to start my home vegie gardens"
" I learnt heaps, loved and valued all points covered. Appreciated knowledge shared by Mark and Kate"
I love the people go away after a workshop feeling confidant enough to get started on the path of producing their own food.