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Published September 24th 2017
Get gardening tips from this organic company
I have been buying my soils from Green Life Soil Company for many years - in fact, ever since I came back to live in the city when I discovered their organic "Veggie Mix" in a local nursery.
Home grown vegetables using Green Life Soil Veggie Mix
I have visited them in their Midvale property and continue to buy their potting mixes and veggie mixes and have the healthiest plants and vegetables. They are now running a series of workshops and as I have only ever had good advice and experience from this firm, I would recommend these!
THE FOLLOWING WORKSHOPS WILL ALL BE HELD AT:
GREEN LIFE SOIL COMPANY 178 FARRALL ROAD MIDVALE
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT This is a five-step approach to get rid of pests in the garden so that we do not have to resort to using chemicals and sprays.
This is a 2½ hour workshop where you will learn all about:
Why we get pests and what they are doing in your garden
Identifying and understanding pests and what they do
Monoculture versus polyculture – natural balance
Garden design and necessary crop rotation
Making plants resilient to reduce pest attack and this includes soil improvement
Three methods of control – physical, biological and spraying
Companion planting is a huge influence
Understanding and accepting that there will always be insect pests
You'll learn heaps at this talk, and receive easy to follow handouts, a chart for you to use at home and some flower seeds that will attract beneficial insects.
HERBAL TEA WORKSHOP
In this talk, you will learn how to combine and blend herbs to make a range of soothing herbal teas. You will discover how to safely and effectively blend teas and learn about their flavours, balance and "visual appeal of herbal blends".
In this workshop, you will learn about:
A brief overview of tea and tea blending
How to grow and dry your own herbs
Learn the basics of choosing the perfect tea base
Learn the health benefits of tea, herbs and spices
Understand flavours and combinations that work well in tea
MEDICINE FROM YOUR GARDEN
Nutrition is a vital part of a healthy life for the whole family. This workshop will teach you how to improve your and your families' health.
Your digestive system is a sensitive and complex environment, easily disturbed by poor quality food, stress, medications and microbial pathogens. Medicinal plants have the ability to strengthen digestive functions, fight infections, reduce inflammation and enhance and balance assimilation and elimination.
You will learn the following at this workshop:
Dietary principles for protecting and healing the digestive system
The difference between good and bad fats
Herbs and vegetables that protect the digestive system
CULINARY HERBAL MANUFACTURING
All ingredients are supplied for this workshop, including jars/bottles to take home samples. You will need to bring along an apron to wear if you are worried about getting dirty.
In this workshop, you will learn how to make products you can use in your kitchen and these could include:
21st October, and 25th and 26th November 2017
11 am to 1 pm
MORE INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS
You can find out more about this workshop and make your bookings here.
This will be a hands-on opportunity to try a number of different techniques to propagate your own plants and learn the best way to get successful germination and improved strike rate of your cuttings. The following will be covered in this workshop:
Learn what time of the year to do propagation
The right way to sow seeds
Seed saving and storing
When to transplant, how to transplant and when to fertilise
Dormancy factors affecting germination
How to do various cutting techniques
Root division, growing from rhizomes and layering
Re-grow plant from kitchen scraps
It includes all materials (you'll take home LOTS of goodies), class notes and tea and coffee.