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Understanding Soils 3 Workshop

NEW! All our workshops are now held both online and
face to face.

Soil is a critical element to understand if you want to grow nutritious food, successful plants, vibrant trees and healthy livestock.   If you also want to cut down on buying and hauling soil amendments, spending hours weeding, hoeing, and digging, this  course will make all the difference in helping you get your soils into a healthy, sustainable cycle

This is the second of the 4 Understanding Soils  Sessions

Soil “beginners” are welcome as well as those of you who would like a “soil” refresher to fill in any gaps in your knowledge.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about your specific soil by bringing along samples from your property. If you have a soil test you can bring that along too. By the end of this course you’ll know what all those chemical abbreviations and numbers actually mean and what you might do about them!

Topics covered over the four sessions will include:

  • Why soil texture matters, and how to identify soil types easily.
  • Reading the soil profile.
  • Learning what weeds can tell you about the soil.
  • Monitoring the health of the soil.
  • Using S-Map to identify NZ mapped soil types to be able to research different soils without a sample or test.
  • How to take a soil test sample, understanding Soil Test results and how to interpret and take appropriate actions.
  • The Soil Food Web– what is it, how to support it and enhance plant health and production.
  • pH scale. Testing, interpretation and subsequent actions.
  • What soil can offer to climate change – storing carbon in the soil.
  • Humus, the essential ingredient.
  • Importance of covered soil, minimising digging and soil disturbance.
  • Soil amendments: compost, vermicast, compost teas, ocean products.

Practical activities include soil testing, Visual Soil Assessment, earth-worm counts, using a microscope to look for soil biology, making hot compost, making compost tea, and making a mini worm bin.

Laptops will be useful for the S-Map session, but not essential for each student.

Cost: If you join us for just a few sessions, pay $59.95 for any session before 22 August, excellent value for hours of quality education, interaction and the support materials.

 

Pests & Diseases

This workshop is part of the Garden Essentials workshop series.

When plants are sick or being attacked it can be devastating for a grower. During these two days, we cover how to be a super sleuth to identify the cause of the problem, evaluate what actions should be taken and a range of organic pest and disease management strategies are provided. You will be introduced to the theory of the economic threshold to take action which can save you both time and money. During these sessions we will be on the hunt for bugs to view under the USB microscopes. Kazel brings her expertise from being a Crop Monitor to the class, with strategies for both commercial and home garden situations.

Saturday 13th February 2021  is face to face – OnLine option available also.

Register for this workshop and other Garden Essentials workshops here 

 

Pests & Diseases 1

This workshop is part of the Garden Essentials workshop series.

When plants are sick or being attacked it can be devastating for a grower. During these two days, we cover how to be a super sleuth to identify the cause of the problem, evaluate what actions should be taken and a range of organic pest and disease management strategies are provided. You will be introduced to the theory of the economic threshold to take action which can save you both time and money. During these sessions we will be on the hunt for bugs to view under the USB microscopes. Kazel brings her expertise from being a Crop Monitor to the class, with strategies for both commercial and home garden situations.

Two dates to choose from for Pests & Diseases 1

Due to everyone’s busy schedules, we’ll be running parallel and identical Saturday and Tuesday courses. (Tuesday hours, 9:30-2:30, intended to be parent-friendly)

Tuesday 11 February 2020

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Summer Fruit Tree Pruning

This workshop is part of the Plenty Permaculture Garden Essentials workshop series.

Summer pruning follows hot on the heels of the summer fruit season, and is typically the best time to prune plums and peaches which are susceptible to winter diseases. We will review the techniques and theories covered in winter and you will have an opportunity to see the orchard in full flush, taste some of the heritage apples you pruned earlier in the year, and practice your pruning. We will also look at how to prune evergreen fruit trees including citrus, feijoa and avocado.

Saturday 13 March 2021

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Companion Planting, plants for bird and insect retention

This workshop is part of the Garden Essentials workshop series.

The benefits of biodiversity are explored in this creative and fun day, where you will gain a deeper understanding of different plant families and how they interact. The rich resources provided will give you the ability to quickly plan either a garden or a shelterbelt to attract native birds and insects. We will play with crop rotations to demonstrate how simple it is to plan a combined garden, but also look at the science that supports growing multiple species for plant and soil health. This is a busy day with a lot of information so be prepared to do some pre-reading and video watching so we can hit the ground running.

Saturday 27 Feb 2021: 9.30am – 2.30pm
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Propagation – Autumn Semi-Hardwood

This workshop is part of the Garden Essentials workshop series.

Propagation

This is a “hands in the dirt” course, with a theory session followed by putting it into practice.  There will be a lot of plant material after each class to share, take home and start growing.

We find this course is best delivered over four sessions, one each season.  In Winter,  we do the “hardwood” cuttings: grape, plum, fig, hydrangea, blueberry, currant and the like.  In Spring, we’ll look at seed raising: seed saving, seed raising mix, germination, and appropriate containers. Summer, is the best time to collect and root “soft” cuttings (sage, salvias, scented geraniums) and some “semi-hardwood” cuttings (lavender, rosemary, Chilean guava). Once we get to Autumn, we are dividing of plants like rhubarb, comfrey, mint, thyme and berry canes, with more “semi-hardwood cuttings.”

Tree propagation will also be covered.  You’ll learn about grafting theory and get practical experience using a grafting tool; rootstock production of apple and quince; how to grow rootstocks by mound layering; and how peaches and plums can be grown from seeds.

Saturday 27 March 2021  from 9.30am to 2.30pm
Register for this workshop and other Garden Essentials workshops here

Plant Diseases

Description: When plants are sick or being attacked it can be devastating for a grower. During this day, we cover how to be a super sleuth to identify the cause of the problem, evaluate what actions should be taken and a range of organic pest and disease management strategies are provided. You will be introduced to the theory of the economic threshold to take action which can save you both time and money. During these sessions we will be on the hunt for bugs to view under the USB microscopes. Kazel brings her expertise from being a Crop Monitor to the class, with strategies for both commercial and home garden situations.

Saturday 10 April 2021  9.30am – 2.30pm

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Gardening Essentials Session #1: Seed Saving

Join us online or face to face on Saturday 6 June  9:30 am – 2:00 pm

REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION CLOSES FRIDAY 5 JUNE, 8PM.

You can grow plants from seeds or from plant material, you can divide roots, add one bit of plant material to another and more!  It depends on the plant and on the season.  In the Gardening Essentials Course, we cover the basics of plant propagation in six sessions.

This early June session is the introduction to the whole topic of propagation and saving seeds. You’ll learn and practice the basic techniques for seed extraction and storage.  We’ll delve into the different plant families, how to identify and select for the best genetic traits. We’ll have some in-depth discussion around plant breeding and protecting heritage plants.

  • Seed saving preparation
  • Propagation by seed is great to do in spring

How to Join: You are welcome to join online or if you live in the Bay of Plenty, face to face. Once you register and pay your tuition, you will receive an email with all the information you need to participate: what free app or software to downloaded to participate online, what to read ahead of time and have on hand, handouts, links, and passwords.

Here’s an overview of the rest of the propagation sessions: Later in June, we do the winter “hardwood” cuttings: grape, plum, fig, hydrangea, blueberry, currant and the like.   In early spring, tree propagation will be covered.  In late spring, we’ll look at seed raising, seed raising mix and germination. Summer, is the best time to collect and root “soft” cuttings (sage, salvias, scented geraniums) and some “semi-hardwood” cuttings (lavender, rosemary, Chilean guava). Once we get to Autumn, we are dividing plants like rhubarb, comfrey, mint, thyme and berry canes, with more “semi-hardwood cuttings.”

Gardening Essentials Session #2: Propagation of Winter Hardwoods

Join us online or face to face on Saturday 27 June, 9:30am.

Propagation is like magic! You can grow more plants from seeds or plant material, you can divide roots, or graft,  it all depends on the plant and the season.  In the Gardening Essentials Course, we cover the basics of plant propagation in six sessions.

Typically winter cuttings are from deciduous plants: fig, plum, peach, elderberry, mulberry, grape all do well from winter hardwood cuttings. (Apple, pear, quince, citrus, avocado do not.) Non-fruiting plants that do well from winter cuttings include camellia, rose, hydrangea, hibiscus.

Cost & time: Before 6 June and the start of the year long course, this session is $39.95. After the course starts the tuition is $59.95.  The video and interactive sessions will last a total of about four hours.

How to Join: You are welcome to attend online or if you live in the Bay of Plenty, face to face. Once you register and pay your tuition, you will receive an email with all the information you need to participate: what free app or software to downloaded to participate online, what to read ahead of time and have on hand, handouts, links, and passwords.

Here’s an overview of the rest of the propagation sessions: In early spring, tree propagation will be covered.  In late spring, we’ll look at seed raising, seed raising mix and germination. Summer, is the best time to collect and root “soft” cuttings (sage, salvias, scented geraniums) and some “semi-hardwood” cuttings (lavender, rosemary, Chilean guava). Once we get to Autumn, we are dividing plants like rhubarb, comfrey, mint, thyme and berry canes, with more “semi-hardwood cuttings.” We cover seed saving in early June and late June we do the winter “hardwood” cuttings: grape, plum, fig, hydrangea, blueberry, currant and the like.  

Art & French Cuisine

“Ladies on the Beach”


French inspiration ! Paint some ladies and eat some French crepes ! Would you love to be an artist ? This is your opportunity !

Create your beautiful acrylic painting “Ladies on the beach” and taste some French crepes !

All materials will be provided : Canvas, paints, paint brush, lunch, drinks

Date: Saturday 19th December 2020 , 9am – 4pm

Venue : 13E Sagewood Road, Whakamarama

Price : 130 dollars per person

Conditions : Places are limited – Payment in advance.

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Painting Night “Coloured Flowers”

Would you love to be an artist ?  This is your opportunity !

Create a beautiful painting with art markers amongst a small group of like-minded people.

All materials will be provided : Paper and art markers

Place : 13E Sagewood Road.  Whakamarama, Tauranga
Date and time : Friday 19th of February from 6.00 to 9.00 pm
Price : 80 dollars per person
Conditions : Places are limited – Payment in advance.

2 Day Painting Course “Mount Maunganui”

Create a beautiful acrylic painting with Posca amongst a small group of like-minded people. Spread the word.
All materials will be provided : Canvas, paints, paint brush, posca
Place : 13E Sagewood Road,  Whakamarama, Tauranga
Date and time : Friday 15th of January from 6.00 to 9.00 pm and Saturday 16th of January from 9.00 to 11.00 am
Price : 110 dollars per person
Conditions : Places are limited – Payment in advance.

Painting Night ” Your Last Fishing”

Would you love to be an artist ? This is your opportunity ! Create a beautiful acrylic painting amongst a small group of like-minded people.

Place : 13E Sagewood Road,  Whakamarama, Tauranga
Date and time : Friday 22nd of January 2021 from 6.00 to 9.00 pm
Price : 60 dollars per person
Conditions : Places are limited – Payment in advance.

Plenty Permaculture: Crop Management

This workshop is part of the Garden Essentials workshop series.

Crop management
During this last session of the course,  we bring it all together for a holistic overview of managing production on the land. Combining our deeper understanding of soils, pests and diseases, and propagation with the needs of our specific crop, this is the part where students can really start to feel like confident gardeners and demonstrate how they would deal effectively with different scenarios. This session allows students to consider a specific crop, in combination with their land situation and make a specific plan for propagation, growing, harvesting and caring for the crop through all of its stages of growth.

Saturday 15th May 2021: 9.30am – 2.30pm

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Watercolour Workshop – Delicate perfume

Would you love to be an artist ?  This is your opportunity !

Create a beautiful watercolour painting  amongst a small group of like-minded people.

All materials will be provided.

Place : 13E Sagewood Road.  Whakamarama, Tauranga
Date and time : Tuesday 31st of August from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Price : 60 dollars per person
Conditions : Places are limited – Payment in advance.

Sustainable Backyards: Trapping Volunteers for a day

Join one of the volunteers for a typical morning’s work checking one of our 25 trapping lines, removing pests and replenishing lures.  Hear birds and see off the track healthy Kiwi bush.

Where:  The Blade, 1200 Whakamaramara Rd, Whakamaramara

When: Friday 12th March  8.15am- 11.30am

Cost: FREE

Contact: facebook.com/friendsoftheblade