Sharpen your skills at Diggers monthly workshops. Whether you are a complete beginner or experienced gardener, there is something on offer and much to be gained for everyone from our programme of "Learn to Garden" monthly events at Heronswood and St Erth. These events focus on a wide range of essential gardening topics, techniques and skills, as well as on specific plants and tasks to suit the season.
The workshops run for 1-1½ hours, members $25, non-members $35
Inspiring and insightful garden walks and talks, practical demonstrations and workshops, twice a month at 10am.
105 Latrobe Parade, Dromana VIC 3936
To make a workshop booking, call the Heronswood retail shop on 03 5984 7321.
Most gardeners are familiar with all the signs of autumn and what they mean. Rake up the leaves and compost them, then sharpen the tools and get out into the chilly winter garden for a spot of pruning. However summer pruning is also a tool in the management of woody plants and at this workshop we’ll explain the reasons why it is done and the situations where you can use it to your advantage.
So forget the cold, check your tools again, get out into the warm sun for a bit of fruit tree summer pruning.
Espalier is an ancient form of tree pruning that not only allows many larger trees to be grown in a small space, but can actually improve the yield of a fruiting or flowering variety. In basic terms, trees are trained to a flat plane which can be used to insulate a wall, cover a fence or form a hedge or screen to create a private place.
This sort of pruning then focuses the plant’s development on flower and fruit production rather than bulk. So while espaliered trees reward their owners with a beauty that is hard to forget, on a practical side it is much easier to net and harvest fruit from a tree that has been trained this way.
Book early for this popular workshop and learn all the techniques used to identify the pruning and training of these beautiful forms and become an expert in a morning!
Your average urban chicken has fairly basic needs; food, water, shelter from the weather, space to move, and protection from any other chicken lovers in your neighbourhood.
Nevertheless keeping a chicken is a commitment, not simply something you do on a whim. So this workshop has been designed for all of you who have considered becoming primary producers but were, perhaps, too nervous to make that final commitment. These delightful birds are a great addition to the backyard providing you not only with fresh eggs, but pest control, waste disposal, and a complete composting additive.
This popular workshop covers all you need to know about different breeds, housing, feeding and general health issues, giving you all the advice and information you need to maintain a healthy, productive flock.
Gardening skills and knowledge will be yours with guidance from our experts twice a month at 11am.
Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood, VIC 3458
To make a workshop booking, call the St Erth retail shop on 03 5368 6514.
Pruning in summer has many benefits. It is the best way to train your espalier and fan trees but it is also the easiest way to maintain your fruit trees at the height and in the shape you need to suit your garden. It makes it easier to net and therefore protect your crops, and it reduces the amount of winter pruning that you need to do.
Summer pruning also allows you to pick fruit more easily through less branch congestion, which allows better light penetration. This in turn increases flowering throughout the tree and lets more air flow through the centre, decreasing the risk of fungal diseases. Most importantly, pruning in summer transfers growth to fruiting spurs to improve fruit production instead of encouraging unproductive water growth.
Come to our workshop and learn how easy it is to summer prune and the benefits it gives to your fruit trees as well as your kitchen table. Julian, our edible food gardener at St Erth, will guide you step-by-step on how to do summer pruning in our espalier orchard. A fantastic opportunity to see first hand how it's done and to ask questions one on one. An essential skill if you are wanting to train fan or espalier trees to maximise your space, or if you are keen to get the most productive trees in the neighbourhood! A popular workshop so bookings are essential!
This practical and interesting workshop has been designed for all of you who are interested in controlling those persistent pests that we meet in our gardens when we just don't want them.
By using natural control methods we can maintain not only healthy ecosystems but healthy homes and lifestyles as well. By careful observation we can learn to pick our battles and target these organisms at their most vulnerable stages. This means that less toxic preparations can be used much more efficiently and many can be prepared safely in the home - so cheaper as well!