Feb
28
Wed
Soil Series – No Dig Gardening
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Soil Series - No Dig Gardening
Put away your shovel and create a garden that’s easy to maintain, easy on your back and will nurture your soil! In this workshop we will explore no-dig gardens – what are they are, why they are good, how they work and how you make them.
You will learn
  • 10 reasons why you should create a no-dig garden
  • how to build the layers of a no-dig garden in a pot, raised bed or in the ground
  • where to source the materials to build one
  • the importance of mulch in the no dig gardening method.
This webinar is taken by Donna Livermore and is suitable for beginner gardeners and those with a more experience.   This session is of a Masterclass Series “Growing the Foundation Soil Series”. Other topics include – Mulch and Organic Matter Applications Explained, Perennial Food Growing and Getting deep with soil – How soil health effects water retention, pests and produce nutrition, Biochar 101. The entire series can be booked here . FOSGA and GGP receive discount to Master Classes.
About the presenter – Donna Livermore is an experienced educator and food grower with a background in biology, permaculture, wildlife and conservation education. She is passionate about living a life of good health and food resilience by growing high quality, nutrient dense food and has many years of experience garden farming on tiny urban sites, and more recently on a larger block in Central Victoria. One of Donna’s main goals is to help people understand the connection between soil, plant, human (animal) and planetary health through growing a productive food garden. Donna is reimagining what it means to live a good life and shares this with others in her local community and more widely through her Instagram page, A Good Life in the City & Town.
Mar
6
Wed
Soil Series – Mulch & Organic Matter Applications Explained
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dig deep into the world of soil enrichment with our masterclass, where we unveil the two key actions for cultivating healthy soil: applying mulch and adding organic matter. If you’ve ever wondered which type of mulch to use and how much to apply, or if you’re curious about application volumes of compost and natural fertilizers, this session is just for you.
Geared towards gardeners with basic experience across all garden sizes, the masterclass will unravel the secrets of safeguarding and nourishing your soil. From exploring mulch options for food, ornamental, and indigenous garden beds to mastering the art of maintaining steady growth through the right compost, manure and other organic soil applications, this session has it all. Transform your garden into a budget-friendly, environmentally savvy space that’s both beautiful and productive. You’ll come away really appreciating how by nurturing your soil your plants thrive effortlessly. The key to a flourishing garden begins beneath the surface—discover the goodness that awaits in this masterclass session.
This session is presented by Karen Sutherland. It is one of five in a Masterclass Series “Growing the Foundation Soil Series”. Other topics include – No Dig Gardening. Biochar 101, Perennial Food Growing and Getting deep with soil – How soil health effects water retention, pests and produce nutrition. The entire series can be booked here . FOSGA and GGP receive discount to Master Classes.
About the Presenter
Karen Sutherland has been growing food since she was 8 years old and has had 40 years training and experience in horticulture, specialising in edible gardening for the last 15 years. She teaches, writes, and consults on edible gardening, with an emphasis on native Australian plants for food and health. She co-authored the award-winning book ‘Tomato, Know Sow Grow Feast’ in 2018.
Mar
12
Tue
Soil Series – Perennial Edibles in Building Soil Health
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Soil Series - Perennial Edibles in Building Soil Health
Often overlooked, perennials food growing makes so much sense for the health of your garden and a changing climate. Deep rooted, sturdier and easier to grow than the popular annuals, perennials are the best addition to a food growers garden.
This Master Class will discuss how perennial food gardens create more shade, more cooling, provide stunning vistas in your patch and with less soil disturbance, help build healthy soil and store more carbon under our feet. This session will introduce you to whole new range of edibles that are more resilient, flavorsome and nutritious. Many aren’t recognised by pests and are just left well alone. The gardeners dream.
With a need to broaden the variety of food we grow to improve both resilience and nutrition, there is no better time to introduce yourself to perennial edibles.
This session is presented by Teresa Day of SGA.  Part of a Masterclass Series “Growing the Foundation Soil Series”. Other topics include – Mulch and Organic Matter Application Explained, No Dig Gardening, and Getting deep with soil – How soil health effects water retention, pests and produce nutrition. Biochar 101.
About the presenter – Teresa has been responsible for the delivery of the community training program at SGA for over two years. She is a sustainable design professional with experience in community development and environmental education.  A home gardener for over 20 years and a chicken keeper and forager she has a particular interest in personal sustainable choices and lifestyle changes individuals can implement within their home and garden to reduce their carbon footprint and connect better with their local community. She has slowly been incorporating more edible perennials into her garden over the last 5 years.
Mar
19
Tue
Soil Series – How soil health affects pests volumes & food nutrition levels
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Soil Series - How soil health affects pests volumes & food nutrition levels

We have had soil wrong for a long time. Find out how to get it right! We know that soil is the fundamental building block for life on the planet, yet we have managed to lose two thirds of the glue, called humus, that holds our soil together and keeps it healthy. Soil health plays a major role in all manner of gardening challenges and successes and this session will enthuse you to actively grow soil. Soil humus levels should be at 5% of soil volume, but with an average level of a paltry 1.5%, we need to lift our game. Why? Lifting the humus level by just 1% will increase the water holding capacity of 1sqM of soil 200mm deep by 17 litres.

This talk will explain how increasing the humus levels not only helps water retention in the soil you grow your vegetables in, but can affect the amount and frequency of pests that invade your patch and the density of nutrients in the food that you produce. The hour-long session will also show you some simple ways you can test the health of your soil and provide you with some practical approaches you can incorporate to help your crops be pest free, nutrient dense and full of real flavour.

This session is taken by Craig Castree and is part of a Masterclass Series “Growing the Foundation Soil Series”. Other topics include – Perennial Food Growing, No Dig Gardening and Mulch and Organic Matter Application Explained, Biochar 101.

About the presenter – Craig Castree is an award-winning Horticulturist of 45 years’ experience at growing his own food organically and creating edible gardens. He is a Published author 5 books all pointed toward being self sufficient on an urban block. You will have no doubt seen him on channel 7TWO on Vasilis Garden as one of the regular presenters, or heard him speaking on 3AW, and on 88.3 Southern FM, or read his articles in the Royal Horticultural Gardeners Gazette. Now see him here…..

Mar
21
Thu
Soil Series – Biochar 101
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Soil Series - Biochar 101

In this Biochar 101 session we will explore the history, use, creation and application of this material to keep soil healthy and grow food. Discovered in the Amazon, biochar soil called Terra Preta (black soil) helped the indigenous civilisation maintain soil fertility in largely infertile soils. So this form of charcoal which is becoming increasingly popular is nothing new, its has been used for 1000’s of years to help implore soil fertility.

This session will explain why, what we can learn from this and how to use biochar in our own gardens. More specificaly, this workshop will explain the benefits biochar provides for both plants and soil, how you can make it at home, will point to some good references and discusses the potential for its use at a larger scale in agriculture including how it can help reverse global warming.

This session is presented by Adrian Whitehouse and is the last in the Masterclass Series “Growing the Foundation Soil Series”. Other topics include – No Dig Gardening, Perennial Food Growing and Getting deep with soil – How soil health effects water retention, pests and produce nutrition.

About the presenter – Adrian is a climate campaigner, permaculturalist and keen organic gardener with a strong interest in food growing and tree propagation. Adrian’s interest in biochar began when he saw a doco about it on TV. Since then he has attended numerous biochar conferences, visited large scale working plants in Australia, as well as making and using biochar at home and running biochar workshops. Adrian formally trained as a botanist at Melbourne University.