Jan
17
Thu
Talk 1 – Water Smart Gardening @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Talk 1 - Water Smart Gardening @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm | Eltham | Victoria | Australia

Note: This is the 1st in a series of 7 Sustainable Gardening talks.  You can book the talks individually or book all 7 talks with our Summer Series Package and receive up to 30% discount. What a great Christmas present for someone who loves their garden.

Water is critical to a garden’s success. As we experience hotter and dryer summers, we need to be mindful about how we use water still while helping our gardens to thrive.

In this talk Richard will discuss design, maintenance and watering options for you to consider at home that will help reduce water usage while  supporting a healthy and productive garden.

This class will cover:

  • Soil development as a water smart strategy
  • Water smart design options
  • Plant characteristics that love dry climates
  • Mulch – why, what, when, how
  • Rain water capture
  • Irrigation options

About Richard Rowe

Richard is an experienced trainer, community facilitator, passionate home gardener and worm farmer. After a long and successful corporate career in finance and sustainability, Richard now focuses on environmental education for both adults and school children and on the local food movement.

Jan
24
Thu
Talk 2 – Garden Pests – A Dance with Nature @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Talk 2 - Garden Pests – A Dance with Nature @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm | Eltham | Victoria | Australia

Note: This is the 2nd in a series of 7 Sustainable Gardening Talks.  You can book the talks individually or book all 7 talks with our Summer Series Package and receive up to 30% discount. What a great Christmas present for someone who loves their garden.

Your garden is the home for many types of insects – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In this talk we will look at how to use nature to strengthen the balance within your garden allowing you to minimise unnecessary chemical use. We will discuss mechanical, cultural, biological and low impact chemical controls to help you manage your garden pest problems.

This class will cover:

  • The whole environment garden
  • Barriers and cultural strategies
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Introduction to companion plants
  • Low impact chemicals
  • Common garden pests and control options

About Richard Rowe

Richard is an experienced trainer, community facilitator, passionate home gardener and worm farmer. After a long and successful corporate career in finance and sustainability, Richard now focuses on environmental education for both adults and school children and on the local food movement.

Jan
31
Thu
Talk 3 – Attracting Birds to your Garden @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Talk 3 - Attracting Birds to your Garden @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm | Eltham | Victoria | Australia

Note: This is the 3rd in a series of 7 Sustainable Gardening Talks.  You can book the talks individually or book all 7 talks with our Summer Series Package and receive up to 30% discount. What a great Christmas present for someone who loves their garden.

The variety of birds attracted to our urban gardens seems to be decreasing but there are some simple changes you can make to your garden to make it a more inviting habitat to visit.

In this talk Richard will discuss how to change your garden and invite birds to take up residence once again. He will cover the fundamentals of a habitat garden incorporating the important habitat elements of food, water, shelter and nesting places.

This class will cover:

  • Why some birds are becoming rare and others are thriving
  • Habitat elements to include in your garden
  • Indigenous plants to consider
  • Bully and pest birds – some strategies to try
  • Pets – their impact on native fauna and simple strategies to manage them

About Richard Rowe

Richard is an experienced trainer, community facilitator, passionate home gardener and worm farmer. After a long and successful corporate career in finance and sustainability, Richard now focuses on environmental education for both adults and school children and on the local food movement.

Feb
7
Thu
Talk 4 – Indigenous Plants for Food/Fibre/Medicine @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Talk 4 - Indigenous Plants for Food/Fibre/Medicine @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm | Eltham | Victoria | Australia

Note: This is the 4th in a series of 7 Sustainable Gardening Talks.  You can book the talks individually or book all 7 talks with our Summer Series Package and receive up to 30% discount. What a great Christmas present for someone who loves their garden.

The Australian bush provided the first nations people all the Food, Fibre and Medicine needed to thrive in this unique country.

In this talk Richard will introduce you to some of the local plants used by indigenous Australians and inspire you to grow them in their garden.

This class will cover:

  • Aboriginal connection with the land
  • Examples of food plants
  • Examples of fibre plants
  • Examples of medicine plants
  • Examples of tool, shelter and fire plants
  • Tips on how to grow these plants at home

About Richard Rowe

Richard is an experienced trainer, community facilitator, passionate home gardener and worm farmer. After a long and successful corporate career in finance and sustainability, Richard now focuses on environmental education for both adults and school children and on the local food movement.

Feb
14
Thu
Talk 5 – Preparing your Garden for Autumn Harvest @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Talk 5 - Preparing your Garden for Autumn Harvest @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm | Eltham | Victoria | Australia

Note: This is the 5th in a series of 7 Sustainable Gardening Talks.  You can book the talks individually or book all 7 talks with our Summer Series Package and receive up to 30% discount. What a great Christmas present for someone who loves their garden.

While summer is at its peak and its too hot to go outside in the garden, spend some time  planning your veggie garden for the autumn harvest.

In this talk Nicole will cover autumn maintenance activities, what veggies to plant and how to help them produce a bumper harvest.

This class will cover:

  • Garden maintenance to prepare for next season plantings
  • What veggies to grow
  • Tips on watering, feeding and caring for your plants
  • Pests to watch out for and how to manage them

About Nicole Griffiths

Nicole is a qualified teacher with over ten years of experience as an educator and presenter. She has a particular interest in edible gardening and has worked with both school and community kitchen garden programs.

Feb
21
Thu
Talk 6 – Garden Weeds – A Dance with Nature @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Talk 6 - Garden Weeds – A Dance with Nature @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm | Eltham | Victoria | Australia

Note: This is the 6th in a series of 7 Sustainable Gardening Talks.  You can book the talks individually or book all 7 talks with our Summer Series Package and receive up to 30% discount. What a great Christmas present for someone who loves their garden.

Weeds are the bane of the home gardener but also a serious threat to local native flora and fauna. Weeds compete with preferred plants for space, light, nutrients and water and often are designed to win the battle.

In this talk Nicole will cover identifying and control weeds using an integrated approach that minimises negative impacts on the environment. She will also talk about some edible weeds.

This class will cover:

  • What is a weed?
  • Issues with chemical control of weeds
  • An introduction to an integrated approach to weed management
  • Edible Weeds
  • Common weed profiles

About Nicole Griffiths

Nicole is a qualified teacher with over ten years of experience as an educator and presenter. She has a particular interest in edible gardening and has worked with both school and community kitchen garden programs.

Feb
28
Thu
Talk 7 – Thrifty Gardening – Reduce/Reuse/Recycle @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Talk 7 - Thrifty Gardening – Reduce/Reuse/Recycle @ Edendale Community Environmental Farm | Eltham | Victoria | Australia

Note: This is the 7th in a series of 7 Sustainable Gardening Talks.  You can book the talks individually or book all 7 talks with our Summer Series Package and receive up to 30% discount. What a great Christmas present for someone who loves their garden.

Waste is a growing environmental challenge that we can all do something about. Remember, there is no waste in nature and we can apply this thinking to our own lives and gardens.

In this talk Nicole will inspire you to use more recycled materials in your garden, helping the environment while making your garden more beautiful, unique, functional and productive.

This class will cover:

  • Mining for resources from your own household waste
  • Were to finding good materials in the community
  • Materials to be cautious of
  • What can be built from simple, inexpensive, reclaimed materials
  • Safely recycling home and garden waste

About Nicole Griffiths

Nicole is a qualified teacher with over ten years of experience as an educator and presenter. She has a particular interest in edible gardening and has worked with both school and community kitchen garden programs.