Calendar of free once-off events

 

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Aug
27
Tue
Healthy eating and nutrition @ Pines Learning
Aug 27 @ 12:00 – 13:00

Learn about nutrition and how you can get the most out of every day, plus receive free Maggie Beer Foundation recipes. Facilitated by Bolton Clarke and sponsored by Hearing Australia, who will provide free hearing checks after the session.

Aug
29
Thu
Making composting and worm farming easy @ Mill Park Library
Aug 29 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Learn the art of successful home composting and worm farming and learn how to turn your food scraps into a nutrient rich soil supplement.

Bookings essential by phone (9401 0509) or email.

Aug
31
Sat
Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Aug 31 @ 15:00 – 16:00

A worm farm can be one of the best ways to dispose of food scraps and, at the same time, produce vermi-juice (worm tea) and vermicast (worm castings) for use on the garden. Learn how to set up a worm farm and the easiest methods to manage and care for these most hard-working of creatures.

This workshop will cover both the theory and practice of worm farming in a household setting. It will be useful for those wishing to recycle household food waste in order to produce worm products for use in the improvement of soil in gardens and pot plants.

Discounted worm farms will be available for sale on the day.

Sep
7
Sat
KABUU working bee @ KABUU farm and nursery
Sep 7 @ 13:00 – 17:00

KABUU grow seedlings and microgreens. Richard Lee will give a tour of the farm and tell the story behind KABUU. Depending on the number of people attending, activities may include: moving soil to make new beds; constructing compost bays; making a poly tunnel; making a greenhouse; putting up a wind break; and an introduction to seeding and planting.

Sep
8
Sun
Portable wicking bed demo and plant sale @ Northcote Library
Sep 8 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Learn to create and maintain a wicking bed that is perfect for urban dwellers. Kerrie will show you how to recycle scrap from around the community to create your own portable garden bed.

Click here to read about the garden.

Home composting workshop @ Edendale
Sep 8 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Learn how composting, worm farming and the use of particular plants can naturally improve your soil. Discover how to compost and worm farm effectively for the best results. Understand how recycling your household and garden organic waste (including dog poo!) can benefit the life within your soil. Facilitator: Dianne Gordon.

Sep
9
Mon
Backyard beekeeping for beginners @ Coburg Library
Sep 9 @ 18:00 – 19:00

Morgan from 3000 acres will discuss keeping honey bees in urban Melbourne and how to help bees even if you don’t keep them. Construct a simple native bee hotel for your garden. This session is for bee beginners.

Registration essential.

Sep
12
Thu
Feastival cooking demonstration @ Thomastown Library
Sep 12 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Watch a demonstration of food and enjoy a free tasting.

Bookings essential.

Sep
14
Sat
Cooking seasonal produce with Julie French @ Diamond Valley Library
Sep 14 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Join Julie French as she shows you how to best use the produce in your garden to reduce food waste, save money and enjoy the tasty food that she prepares in the library’s kitchen garden.

Sep
15
Sun
Mulch, manure & plant sale plus roving refills @ Pentridge Community Garden
Sep 15 @ 13:30 – 16:00

Pentridge Community Garden is throwing open its doors for an afternoon of fun featuring: environmentally friendly cleaning products for sale from Roving Refills (BYO container); straw & manure for sale; produce swap; plant sale; and an opportunity to see what’s growing in their organic communal garden. This event also marks the public debut of their composting toilet!

Click here to read about the garden.

Sep
22
Sun
Getting a harvest – Summer vegetables @ Hawthorn Community House
Sep 22 @ 09:00 – 11:00

This event is also happening at 11.30am (with different booking details).

Learn all you need to know to grow fresh produce at home in Summer. What you will learn: planning your Summer veggie garden – what to plant and when; soil maintenance in the Summer months; smart watering and managing hot weather; feeding and maintaining the patch for a great harvest; mulching; introducing sustainable ways to improve productivity – crop rotation and companion planting; starting with seeds and seedlings; tips for sustainably avoiding and managing pests and diseases; and harvesting.

Getting a harvest – Summer vegetables @ Hawthorn Community House
Sep 22 @ 11:30 – 13:30

This event is also happening at 11.30am (with different booking details).

Learn all you need to know to grow fresh produce at home in Summer. What you will learn: planning your Summer veggie garden – what to plant and when; soil maintenance in the Summer months; smart watering and managing hot weather; feeding and maintaining the patch for a great harvest; mulching; introducing sustainable ways to improve productivity – crop rotation and companion planting; starting with seeds and seedlings; tips for sustainably avoiding and managing pests and diseases; and harvesting.

Sep
26
Thu
Tomato talk, book sales & signing @ Pachamama Wholefoods + Kitchen
Sep 26 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Go along to hear some tomato growing tips from Karen Sutherland. Learn how to prepare your soil properly, when and how to protect your plants, and the pros and cons of various pruning and training techniques. Discover the world of heirloom tomatoes.

Oct
7
Mon
Native pollinators @ Nunawading Civic Centre (Willis Room)
Oct 7 @ 19:30 – 21:00

Karen Thomas, Regional Agriculture Facilitator for the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) will explore the actions that we can take as gardeners to boost pollinator biodiversity and keep plants fruiting and setting seed. All participants will receive an insect attracting plant to take home.

Oct
12
Sat
Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Oct 12 @ 15:00 – 16:00

A worm farm can be one of the best ways to dispose of food scraps and, at the same time, produce vermi-juice (worm tea) and vermicast (worm castings) for use on the garden. Learn how to set up a worm farm and the easiest methods to manage and care for these most hard-working of creatures.

This workshop will cover both the theory and practice of worm farming in a household setting. It will be useful for those wishing to recycle household food waste in order to produce worm products for use in the improvement of soil in gardens and pot plants.

Discounted worm farms will be available for sale on the day.

Oct
17
Thu
Artisan pasta with seasonal herbs @ Diamond Valley Library
Oct 17 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Join Marie Vasallo as she prepares artisan fresh pasta in a variety of flavours (sun dried tomato and cracked pepper) and fresh herb pesto from the library’s kitchen garden.

Oct
19
Sat
Home composting workshop @ Edendale
Oct 19 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Learn how composting, worm farming and the use of particular plants can naturally improve your soil. Discover how to compost and worm farm effectively for the best results. Understand how recycling your household and garden organic waste (including dog poo!) can benefit the life within your soil. Facilitator: Dianne Gordon.

Nov
9
Sat
Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Nov 9 @ 15:00 – 16:00

A worm farm can be one of the best ways to dispose of food scraps and, at the same time, produce vermi-juice (worm tea) and vermicast (worm castings) for use on the garden. Learn how to set up a worm farm and the easiest methods to manage and care for these most hard-working of creatures.

This workshop will cover both the theory and practice of worm farming in a household setting. It will be useful for those wishing to recycle household food waste in order to produce worm products for use in the improvement of soil in gardens and pot plants.

Discounted worm farms will be available for sale on the day.

Nov
23
Sat
Home composting workshop @ Edendale
Nov 23 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Learn how composting, worm farming and the use of particular plants can naturally improve your soil. Discover how to compost and worm farm effectively for the best results. Understand how recycling your household and garden organic waste (including dog poo!) can benefit the life within your soil. Facilitator: Dianne Gordon.

Dec
14
Sat
Cooking seasonal produce with Julie French @ Diamond Valley Library
Dec 14 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Join Julie French as she shows you how to best use the produce in your garden to reduce food waste, save money and enjoy the tasty food that she prepares in the library’s kitchen garden.