Yesterday Huthwaite Farm was transformed by twelve eager gardeners who participated in our first Organic Garden Workshop with Gary Hands. The weather over the past week has been overcast and showery it was good to have a clear day of blue skies and sun for our participants. Mind you as I am typing this it is raining again which is good news for all the new seedlings that have been freshly planted. We kicked off the day talking about the importance of the sun and its role in gardening soon to follow was our no-dig garden in our raised beds.
The difference of half an hour can be really incredible from having bare soil, to mulched, planted and staked garden beds. Our planting for this one focused on the last of the winter crops, seed potatoes, leafy greens that are quick-growing and survival plants. For the August workshop we will be focusing on summer crops like, zucchini, okra, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, melons and more.
Everyone got stuck in early with collecting rocks, for our no-dig gardens and enthusiasm throughout the day was constant. We mulched, hand ploughed, sowed seeds and planted seedlings. It was a really fun day. With many questions and myths answered about gardening here in South East Queensland. The twelve newly inspired gardeners will take home the knowledge to grow food in their backyards and properties.
Gary demonstrating how to cut seed potato for planting.
Big thank you to all those smiling faces who came along yesterday to the workshop, I look forward to hearing all about your gardening adventures in the coming weeks. I hope to share with you in two weeks the progress of the garden you have planted out. Thanks to Gary from Kookaburra Organics for sharing his knowledge of growing organic food here in Queensland. For those who want the recipes for the two cakes; Irish Brick and Orange Polenta Turmeric Cake.
I look forward to meeting the next round of gardeners at our 17th August workshop in just three weeks. We still have a few spaces left – to book now – Organic Garden Workshop