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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

SAGE workshops are back

Is creating a thriving, all year-round veggie garden on your wish list after the past few years? Growing vegetables is good for your wallet, your physical and mental health, and being prepared for future challenges.

In this series of four, half-day workshops you’ll learn how to establish a successful self-sustaining vegetable garden with good planning, the right type of planting for you, some backyard inspiration and plenty of problem solving.

Attend all four workshops to short cut your growing journey and avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes.

Backyard Veggie Gardening is perfect for both beginners and those who have a garden but want to learn more efficient practices and useful skills to make their garden thrive.

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Workshop 1: PLANNING - Planning is everything! Friday 9 September 2022, SAGE Garden, Moruya, 9am - 1pm At the end of this session, you’ll have a plan of your garden and know what to grow. Your plan will be specific for your backyard, and will consider:

  • Location and size of your garden

  • Different types of garden beds

  • Construction of new beds

  • Wildlife and insects

  • What you want to grow.

Workshop 2: PLANTING – It’s all in the detail! Friday 30 September 2022, Alison’s Garden, Deua Valley, 9am start. Using Alison’s property as an example, examine both a kitchen garden for everyday produce and a larger garden for more substantial plants. Expect to learn:

  • Soil health and ideal growing conditions

  • Sowing – seeds vs seedlings

  • Support structures

  • Watering, Compost and Feeding methods

  • Bed maintenance and hand tools.

Workshop 3: BACKYARD GARDEN TOUR - Inspiration Road trip! Saturday 26 November 2022, around Eurobodalla, 9am start. Visit successful backyard gardens to understand how other backyarders plan, grow and manage their veggie gardens.

Workshop 4: PROBLEM SOLVING - Things you need to know! Date TBA February 2023, SAGE Garden, Moruya, 9am start. Work through solutions to some of the common problems backyard growers experience and learn about:

  • Preventing pests and diseases

  • Green manure and soil maintenance

  • Managing gluts and preparing for the hungry gap

  • Preparing for the cooler months

  • Lessons learnt and planning for the next season.

Your workshop educator Alison Walsh is an experienced and passionate grower with a lifelong love of growing food and feeding people.

Her wealth of knowledge is seen in the quality of the food she grows. Using natural growing techniques, and a plan, Alison has a constant supply of food that feeds three neighbouring families regularly, with an abundance for the frequent visitors and preserving.

Alison has been involved with SAGE from the start and currently works as a volunteer to support the SAGE Steeping Stone Farm Education Facility.

Alison is also a successful Herbalist at Moruya Natural Therapies.


BOOK your place NOW

SAGE Members are invited to purchase the series of 4 workshops for $220. Members can also purchase and attend individual workshops at $65 each. Non-members can purchase and attend individual workshops at $80 each.

Become a member, or log in to check if your membership is current.

All workshops include morning tea and a light lunch (prepared with local produce) after the workshop.

If booking an individual workshop, select the workshop you wish to attend above and then chose SAGE Member or Non SAGE Member on the purchase page.

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