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Blue Borage edible gardening workshops are a good way to learn about organic gardening while socialising with like-minded gardeners. Popular topics include composting, worm farming, seed sowing, container gardening, basic biodynamics, edible flowers and microgreens. 

Here's a selection of classes currently on offer. Scroll on down the list to see some past events that may spark an idea for your workplace or community. Sometimes the best starting place is a 1:1 consultation in your own garden - more information on that service is here

Spring Workshops

The Auckland Women's Centre

Date & Time: Wednesdays 11am-12pm. 

Location: The Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn. [Women only for this venue]

This is a relaxed space to gather and garden - perfect if you have questions to ask in person, or if you feel like getting your hands in the soil in the middle of the week. If there are seedlings, herb or seed raising mix you'd like to purchase I can put together a custom order for you - just send an email or a text the day before so I can get the car packed up with exactly what you need.
Email: katrina@blueborage.co.nz Text: 022-410-4988. 

Wednesday 14th October: Healing herbs: what to grow for your compost; feeding the soil with Biodynamic CPP & Worm Tea; Mindfulness in the garden with Goethean observation of plants. 

Wednesday 21st October: Seed sowing: beans, cucumbers, courgettes & chilli peppers getting planted today, as the moon is in the constellation of the Archer, which is a fire sign best suited to 'fruiting' crops. 

Wednesday 28th October: What to plant near your fruit trees: the fruit tree guild explained, and list upon list available to map out YOUR orchard and plan the best companions for each and every tree. 

Wednesday 4th November: Monthly Crop Swap (Free to attend). Bring your surplus seedlings, cuttings, seeds, plants, even a bunch of flowers. Connect with others, and take a different box of goodies home. 

Wednesday 11th November: Seed sowing. Bring your own tray & seeds or book a kit to purchase on the day. Katrina will bring the Blue Borage selection of 100 varieties of flowers, herbs and vegetables. 

Wednesday 18th November: Basic Biodynamics in the Home Garden

Wednesday 25th November: Container Gardening basics for summer

Wednesday 2nd December: Monthly Crop Swap (Free to attend) Bring your surplus seedlings, cuttings, seeds, plants, even a bunch of flowers. Connect with others, and take a different box of goodies home. 

Wednesday 9th December: Seed sowing. Bring your own tray & seeds or book a kit to purchase on the day. Katrina will bring the Blue Borage selection of 100 varieties of flowers, herbs and vegetables. 

Wednesday 16th December: Worm farming in small spaces: the in ground worm farm. 

Wednesday 23rd December: Summer Salad Boxes to take on holiday (TBC)

Wednesday 30th December: Growing Edible Flowers, using in mocktails and smoothies. (TBC)

Future topic requests always welcome: container gardening, worm farming, seed sowing, DIY Potting mix, Composting, edible flowers, herb gardening... 

Note: if the weather is horrid the in person session will probably not go ahead. Refunds are simple via Eventbrite - just request it before the workshop starts. In the case of wet weather, I will record the planned content as a zoom session and send a recording to everyone who has not requested a refund.  

Edible Gardening: Five Day Intensive

Dates: Friday 6th to Tuesday 10th November
Location: 10am each day on Zoom, with a private Facebook group for additional Q&A.

November topics: 

  • Seed sowing for early spring: what to grow right now. 
  • DIY soil mixes: Seed raising mix & Potting mix. Avoid those nasty plastic bags.
  • Container gardening. Grow in small spaces, grow extra, grow food in pots to give to friends.
  • In ground worm farming. Learn to make a self-fertilising planter. 
  • Compost. Start making healthy, organic soil from food scraps and garden waste.   

This is a taster of the comprehensive edible gardening course - it's the most useful topics for this time of year condensed into five lessons. 

Can't make it at 10am each day? Not to worry, the recording will be uploaded to the private Facebook group. We'll use the Facebook group for extra Q&A and sharing photos of everyone's garden, so you'll get plenty of time with the group even if you miss the zoom sessions. 

Here's the booking link.

Ready, Set, Spring: Online Edible Gardening Intensive

July, August, September topics: 

  • Seed sowing for late winter: what to grow in Auckland right now. 
  • DIY soil mixes: Seed raising mix & Potting mix. Avoid those nasty plastic bags.
  • Container gardening. Grow in small spaces, grow extra, grow food in pots to give to friends.
  • In ground worm farming. Learn to make a self-fertilising planter. 
  • Compost. Start making healthy, organic soil from food scraps and garden waste.   

In ground worm farming demonstration

Date: July 2020
Location: Sunny Sunday monthly event, New Lynn, Auckland
Detail: A demonstration of the in-ground worm farm technique, as part of a Low Waste Living event. Thanks to Tom Powell for the photos. 

Sunny Sunday Low Waste Living

In Ground Worm Farm Demonstration

Katrina showing how to make an in ground worm farm in a container garden

Hot Compost Workshop

Date: July 2020
Location: Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae, Mangere East, Auckland
Detail: A full day of layering green waste in a group, everyone learning how to make biodynamic compost. This soil will be used in the growing space in the garden, feeding the community and supplying vegetables for a farmers market.  

Basic biodynamics for the home gardener: podcast interview

Date: April 2020
Location: Mystic Discoveries Podcast Episode 17

Make your own seed raising mix: a public talk

Date: March 2020
Location: Alberton Market Day, Mt Albert, Auckland

Seed Sowing talk at Alberton Market March 2020

How to grow from seed, in home made seed raising mix

Katrina giving a public talk at Alberton, discussing seed sowing and seed saving

Grow your own microgreens workshop

Date: March 2020
Location: Cornwall Park Visitor Centre, Greenlane, Auckland

Cornwall Park Visitor Centre

"How to grow microgreens" public workshop March 2020

Visitor Centre at Cornwall Park, location for microgreens workshop with Blue Borage

Five Week Edible Gardening Course, with weekly crop swap

Date: February to April (Mix of in person and online during pandemic lockdown)
Location: Green Bay Community House, sponsored by the Whau Local Board of Auckland Council

Container Gardening and Seed Sowing

Edible Gardening Class at Green Bay Community House

Katrina teaching a group edible gardening


 

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