Permaculture Gardening 1 - Growing and Building Soils

Event Organiser: 
Dee Turner



Soil and soil biology

• A look at what makes up our soil – test soil samples for texture, pH, soil life. No dig or double dig systems – pros and cons.
• A look at what is happening in the soil and how we can improve the update of nutrients by our plants by increasing soil life and nitrogen fixation.


• The best ways to compost for low maintenance – bins, tumblers, standalone, and lasagne – C:N ratios and how to achieve best results.

Seed sowing

• Successful seed sowing do’s and don’ts for perfect results every time, hardening off, and transplanting to garden beds.

Building pallet beds

• Pulling apart pallets and building durable, free, long lasting garden beds and fill with carbon and nitrogen materials to plant into.

Liquid Fertiliser

• Learn to make liquid fertilisers from seaweed and plants that you can grow for a never ending supply.


• How to use a bokashi bucket and where the different waste streams eg food waste and bokashi juice (EM) can be put


• Operation and use of. Build a worm farm from recycled materials.


• Different types of mulches and how they are used in no-dig gardening systems.

2 day weekend course - 9am - 5pm both days. Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together. Places are limited to 12. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea.

Practical and theory sessions based on an organic 4ha permaculture property in Whiteman's Valley, Upper Hut which is almost completely self-sufficient.

To book a place on the course, contact: Dee Turner: 0211252035 or Carolann Murray will be teaching the Upper Hut course. She has written the New Zealand guide to self-sufficiency, and has been teaching permaculture in New Zealand for 15 years.

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Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 09:00 to Sunday, September 11, 2022 - 17:00
Location / Venue: 

971 Whitemans Valley Road Upper Hutt 5371

$200 per person for the weekend or $300 for two people
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