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
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.