Come and experience organic gardening

We invite you to join our organic gardening workshop. Be inspired to make your own home garden, big or small and grow your own food or herbs or salads.

2020 Organic Gardening workshops

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Organic Gardening Workshop

 

Making a garden 

We will learn and practice 4 steps for making an organic garden. 

1) Design a plot or garden? 

2) Create good soil, compost and mulch. 

3) Planting seeds and seedlings 

4) Maintaining & tending  

The objective of this workshop is to give an overview of the organic gardening process. It is to give hands-on engagement and to inspire you to create your own garden. You don’t need much space as there are all sizes of gardens from window boxes to farm beds based on the same principles.

 Making a garden  

Welcome to our Grow Organic Workshop brought to you by Green-Ed at 5EyesFarm. We are so glad you are interested in gardening. It’s a great pastime, a healthy life balancer, watching and engaging in the growing process.

Our story

We started out small, tiny actually, in terrariums! The gardens we made where miniature little ecosystems inside glass bottles. This expanded when we moved to a different part of inner-city Melbourne into an Urban garden. We experimented with standard organic growing in pots, wicking, raised beds and soil line for a few years and developed something quite nice. We added raising quails for eggs and a small aquaponics for both fresh fish and excellent plants. This was our hobby until we started 5EyesFarm which is a bigger version of the same set in the tropics.  

Inspiration

The thing is we never stop learning about organic gardening and farming. We are dealing with location-specific environments that affect soil types, weather patterns, altitude and a host of other variables. Its a challenge at times and hugely satisfying when it all comes together. Climate determines so many things including water availability and quality, insects and creatures both beneficial and not! And what invasive species there are. 

What is organic? 

While there are library shelves filled with information on various aspects of the subject but a basic understanding is this dictionary definition:  

Organic is a whole way of understanding the life cycles of nature and the fine balances of growth and life. From micro organisms that make up soil to photosynthesis to the bio-diversity and ecology of a given environment, organic is much more than pesticide and herbicide management. There is a life time of learning to be done on what organic practice and science is and there is always something new to learn. In short, organic growing is natural gardening!

We grow naturally because we simply want to eat clean foods that taste great. For decades  we were unaware of the accumulative affects of consuming foods that have been grown using chemical pesticides, herbicides, hormones and other additives that make food look good and grow fast with less work. These same additives take away nutrient from food, (lit. poison the food we eat) and create weak tasting food.  It’s a case of convenience versus inconvenience and the passion for us comes because we love gardening, great foods and a healthier lifestyle! It is also closely connected to sustainable living and other environmental and social values.

Putting it together

For the workshop we are making a garden together. This helps locate us in the physical reality of making and discussing as we go, a good start to many aspects of organic gardening. Some points to consider: When we establish a garden of any size it is good to practice using our senses to look, taste, smell, touch and hear our way through the elements of organic gardening. We want to develop an instinct for what needs attention, what needs time, how much of this or that needs adjustment. What the weather is doing, what animals or insects are around and so on.

Some things are harder to work out and we need to experiment and be patient. We hope to come to notice mycelium growing through soils, plants that taste richer and cleaner, abundant insect life, and many other aspects of the organic gardening process. We want to learn to recognise  invasive weeds and creatures and learn how to deal with them, to understand less mature and less balanced soils and what effect these can have on growing and healthy food. With all this in mind, let’s turn to look at your garden project!

Participants have access to our online resources including step by step intructions,  a glossary and additional links, resources and ideas. We offer a support forum for those who have done the course.