Composting & Plant Propagation with Judy Keats


This one-day Composting and Plant Propagation workshop is part of a series of practical sessions linked to the Matakana Modular PDC presented by Trish Allen and Guenther Andraschko. Anyone is welcome to attend the Practical Workshop days to gain hands-on skills related to permaculture practices. This is the first of the Sunday workshops, presented by guest tutor and master gardener, Judy Keats from Kelmarna Community Gardens.

Judy will take us through different composting methods and home in on hot composting. We will be compiling a hot compost heap from accumulated materials and inoculating with beneficial anaerobic microbes to ensure the development of fungal networks and sequestration of carbon. By building a compost pile 1m² in size, temperatures rise to 65-70°C and destroy weed seeds and pathogens and provide us with humus rich compost in 3 months.

We will also learn how to grow plants from seed, root division and cuttings. Best timing for these practices will be covered, plant species suited to the season, and how to care for your transplants once in your garden. We will make our own seed raising mix and ‘potting on’ mix from collected resources.

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About the tutor:
Judy Keats is a Master Gardener, Educator, Production Manager of Kelmarna City Farm and Compost Collective Facilitator with 10 years organic growing experience establishing and managing community gardens. Judy brings her permaculture systems thinking and practical knowledge to our PDC.

Sunday, July 19, 2020 - 00:00 to 23:45
Location / Venue: 

Matakana Hall, 43 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana 0985

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