One hour of good design can save ten hours of hard work. Learn about the fundimentals of designing and constructing a productive and sustainable garden.
Length of party:
6 hrs plus breaks
Full Menu Items:
- Garden Design
- Garden Maintenance
Taster Menu Items:
- Keeping Chooks
- Native Vegetation
- Support Species
Understanding the importance of designing to create a productive and sustainable garden.
- Basic sketch design of the garden
- Summary report
- Garden manual - Stage 1
Guest’s Goodie Bag:
- Notes Pack
- Sun chart
- Planting guide
Cost: $95 per person
- Minimum 12 people required
- Early bird specials apply
Full menu items:
NOTE:Depending on the level of garden party being delivered (Appetiser or Main Course) these descriptions may vary.
Designing for maximum yield and curriculum integration.
One hour of clever design can save ten hours of hard work.
Our professional permaculture designers will design of your school garden to maximise the space available, the number of students, your estimated budget, incorporate an outdoor classroom and integrate curriculum activities for long term use.
We can complete the design with or without student participation. We have found that by including students in the design process a deeper understanding of the elements of the garden will be gained and a sense of ownership in the gardens will be established.
- Elements of a design
- Sectors and Zones
- Positioning the garden
- How to design a garden
- Site analysis
- Sector analysis & sun patterns
- Designing out problems
- Stages and steps
- Why good planning saves time and improves productivity
- The needs of the client/school
- Materials required
- Walk around a garden area for observation
Maintaining a healthy and productive garden.
- Edible Schoolyard yearly maintenance schedule
- What is maintenance and why we do it
- How to maintain your garden
- Successional Planting
- Pest and Disease Management
- Jobs in the subtropical edible garden
- Tips for saving time, energy and money
- Selection and care of garden tools
- Garden tidy ups
- Understanding weeds
- Weed management - the organic way
- Different methods of irrigating and how to apply them
- Your plants' water needs
- Designing your garden to save water
- When to water and how
- Storing and using water for irrigation
- Irrigation systems and watering options
- Water saving techniques
- Sources of water
- Create an irrigation system in easy steps
Healthy happy schoolyard chooks.
- Why keep chooks?
- What type of chooks?
- Hatching and raising chickens
- Getting your garden ready for chooks
- Housing your chooks (including chook tractors)
- Feeding and watering you chooks
- Organic treatments for common chook problems using herbs and home made treatments
- Chooks in the garden system
- Incorporating free range chooks into your garden and food forests
- Council regulations
- The myth about chooks, rats and snakes
- Holding a chook
- Preparing and adding organic preps to their water
- Using chooks in the garden as pest management and workers
Biodiversity in the garden.
- Why we need natives in the sustainable garden
- How to identify and selecting the right natives for your garden
- Attracting natives birds, lizards, frogs and other species to your garden
- Bush tucker plants in the edible garden
- Forestry, National Parks and Landcare
- Our local species - what's growing in your area
Seasonal planning for a subtropical edible garden.
- Mapping sun and shade patterns throughout the year
- Understanding orientation
- Growing in the subtropics (specific issues)
- Planning your garden for a year of food (this steps into garden design)
- Seasonal jobs - busy times, quiet times
- When to plant, when to harvest
- Annuals & perennials - growing food throughout the year
- Understanding the subtropical climate and how it affects backyard food production
- Using a compass, finding orientation
- Using sun map for our region
Composting made easy.
- Why compost?
- What is compost?
- The role of compost in an organic garden
- The life in compost
- What goes in, what stays out - ingredients
- Building, maintaining, harvesting, using and storing your perfect compost
- Troubleshooting common problems (vermin, odours etc) & easy remedies
- Selecting and preparing the site
- Selecting & preparing the materials incl compost starters
- Build a small compost heap to manage kitchen scraps and provide soil for your garden
- Large compost systems
- Fungal vs bacterial dominated
- Importance of feeding microbes
- Bokashi systems
Using plants to support your garden's health
- Identifying common support species in a sustainable garden
- The role of support species in an edible schoolgarden, orchard and food forest
- Using them in garden design
- Exploring the many uses of plants and their benefits
- Growing your own mulch, fertilisers and compost activators
- Growing your own shade and structural plants
- Identifying various species and how to grow them
Creating habitat to attract diversity into your garden.
- Identifying the different types of habitats
- What do we attract to the garden and why they are important
- How do we bring them to the garden and keep them there
- Recognising the importance of existing habitats and nurturing them
Herbs for human and garden health.
- Looking at different varieties
- Their many uses
- Growing needs and habits
- Designing herbs into gardens
- Permaculture Herb Spirals
- Growing herbs in pots
- Harvesting and using
- Looking at and tasting a variety of herbs
- Creating natural remedies from herbs
Note: Depending on the level of garden party being delivered (Appetiser or Main Course) the above descriptions may vary.