Raspberry Lane: a new kind of compost classroom

Where would you go to learn how to make exquisite compost? 

Perhaps an organic market garden?
Maybe a community garden, or an urban farm if you're lucky enough to live near one?
You might have a friendly garden centre that offers educational workshops, or a foodie with a classroom set up at their workplace? 

There are lots of places to learn how to make compost, but sadly, in New Zealand, there aren't many places to learn about biodynamic composting. 

This is where Blue Borage steps in. 

Biodynamics is not really something you can demonstrate once a year and be able to feel the difference it makes to compost. 

It's almost a different mindset, requiring being in communication with a garden on a daily, or at least weekly basis and responding to nature with sensitivity. 

I have been seeking a venue to teach biodynamic composting for years. It's been a happy outcome of the global pandemic that my work has gone mostly online. After driving all over Auckland setting up mobile workshops and begging for permission to apply CPP to someone's workplace garden even once, I learned I can teach quite a bit about my approach to circular gardening without using ANY teaching garden at all.  

Another happy outcome was being invited to view this cute little home in Te AtatÅ«, West Auckland, newly built at the back of a suburban garden, right next to the 40 year old compost enclosures. 

It actually couldn't be more perfect for Blue Borage.  

Week by week, month by month, this little space has been furnished with all the equipment needed to teach a range of Blue Borage gardening techniques: 

  • biodynamic composting
  • in-ground worm farming
  • non-toxic green waste management
  • circular gardening (i.e. nothing leaves the property, and no potting mix is purchased)
  • seed sowing, seed producing, seed saving
  • basic biodynamics
  • fruit tree guilds and companion planting
  • hugelkultur gardening: hugelbeds, hugelboxes, hugelbarrel, hugelbag, and soon a hugelbasket

How to participate in this teaching garden?

There are regular 1:1 sessions advertised by email, and sometimes only shared on social media - usually Instagram stories. 

To make sure you don't miss out on notices, you can get emails here, and follow Blue Borage on Instagram here.

Most people access this information through the online classroom here, or get remote garden coaching here

Finally, you are welcome to get in touch by email at katrina@blueborage.co.nz and arrange a bespoke event for your work team, friends or family to attend as a group. 

A final very special photo to share: I'm working through the Hua Parakore organic verification on this property, and as part of my research, I tracked down the family who first built the house in 1972. Look what they brought over for me to see - photos of how the garden used to look in the late 70's. My current little home is sitting right in the spot where a child's playhouse used to be. 

Ideas for innovative edible gardening solutions using biodynamic methods to make exquisite compost is what the world needs right now. To see the full range of online courses go to blueborage.teachable.com or get in touch by email at katrina@blueborage.co.nz


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