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7 Permaculture, Composting, Living Soils & Natural Pest Control Events

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Published April 9th 2018
Learn how to grow your own food naturally, including herbs
This is a series of events you can attend, all relating to gardens and growing your own healthy plants and vegetables.

In this day and age, with all the poisons and sprays that are used, this is a tremendous idea, and instead of going to a shop, you could just step into your back yard and pick clean, fresh food!

1. COMPOSTING
This free event will be held on Sunday 15th April, 2018 from 10.00 am to about 11.00 am at the Kelmscott Community Garden, 55 River Road, Kelmscott.

Kelmscott Community Garden Inc. welcomes Robyn Brown from "Waste Is My Resource" to the garden and Robyn will demonstrate the basics of how to compost at home.

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This will be a one-hour presentation and demonstration of composting including bokashi and setting up the different types of bays and bins. There will also be time for questions and you take home a handout in order to get you started.

Although this is a free event, please register here.

2. NATURAL PEST CONTROL
This will be on 12th May, 2018 from 9.30 am to 12 noon, at the Spearwood Library, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood.

This event will teach you how to prevent infestation of pests in the garden and you will discover how, when you alter either the plant or the environment, you can once again look forward to a healthy balance and therefore be able to deal with fewer pests.



You will be shown the following:
Why you get pests and how to identify them
Monoculture versus polyculture and natural balance
Garden design and crop rotation
Building plant resilience to reduce pest attack or soil improvement
Three methods of control physical, biological and spraying
Companion planting
Accepting that there will always be insect pests

You can find out more, and make a booking at this site.

3. LIVING SOILS FOR HEALTHY PROFITS
This all-day event will be on 8th May, 2018 from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, and it will be held at the Merri Bee Organic Farm, 3 Thomas Rd, Nannup.

Having good healthy soil can make the world of difference and this means having compost that is correctly made.

This course explains how you can turn farm wastes into tons of quality humus by following some simple rules. What if you could take a 5 kg of this compost and make a tea to boost biology and productivity over 100 hectares?

This day will teach you the rules of compost and compost tea and you will receive a 75-page manual to take home.



This event is supported by the "South West Catchment Council's Regional Landcare Facilitator Programme", through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

This intensive course costs $158 and you can find out more and book here.

4. PROPOGATION
This will be held on Sunday 20th May, 2018 from 11.00 am to about 1.00 pm at the Green Life Soil Company, 178 Farrall Road, Midvale.

This course is designed for gardeners who want to learn to propagate and save money. This will be a hands-on event to try different techniques.

Some of the topics to be covered include:

Learn what time of the year to do propagation
Learn the right way to sow seeds
Learn about seed saving and storing of your seeds
When to transplant, how to transplant and when to fertilise
Dormancy factors affecting germination
Learn how to do various cutting techniques
Water propagation
Learn how to do root division, growing from rhizomes and layering
Re-grow plant from kitchen scraps



The workshop includes all materials, notes, tea or coffee and you get to take home a lot!

Book and see more at this site.

5. SMALL SPACE, BIG HARVEST: AN INTRO TO URBAN PERMACULTURE
This will be held on Saturday 9th at 9.30 am to Sunday 10th June, 2018 till 4.30 pm at the Jarrahdale Primary School, Wanliss Street, Jarrahdale.

Here you can discover ways you can use permaculture design thinking to maximise productivity in your backyard systems. This hands-on course will cover the following:

Permaculture design groundwork
Looking at your space with permaculture eyes
Designing for productivity
Creative ideas for growing more food on small urban blocks
The basics of organic vegetable and/or fruit tree systems
Nutrient cycling - composting, worms



You will be making wicking beds, looking at worm farms and compost, plant and harvest in a school garden, examine soil biology, meet like-minded people and eat delicious, locally sourced food.

Cost is $116 and you can book here.

6. DESIGN A HERB GARDEN
This will be held on Sunday 17th June, 2018 from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm, at The Green Life Soil Co, 178 Farrall Road, Midvale.

You will learn how to grow your own healthy herbs at home and how to build a herb garden. You will learn about the conditions for growing herbs at home and which herbs can be grouped together and their ideal growing soil conditions.

No matter how much room you've got to plant herbs - planning the space will give you the best results.

This will cost just $29 and you will get to take home information sheets and much more. You can find out more at this site.

7. INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE
This event will be on 23rd June, 2018 from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, at the Success Public Library, 11 Wentworth Parade (Corner of Beeliar Drive), Success.

Have you ever heard of permaculture?

Permaculture "integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies".



It can basically provide food in a very sustainable way with some basic design tools, regardless of whether you have a small patio space in an urban area or a large property or small acreage.

At this event ,you will learn how this approach can save you time and money and also how it differs from organic gardening.

You can incorporate this method in stages and learn how small changes can turn into massive savings for the environment and your budget.

This is a free event and you can register here.
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Why? For various workshops all to do with gardens and gardening
When: From April to June 2018
Cost: Varies - see article - some free
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