Companion Planting

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Companion planting is a method of growing plants together, so they may help each other in some way, like deterring pests, improving growth, enhancing flavour, attracting beneficial insects, fixing nitrogen, and disrupting patterns. The benefits you can expect is improved plant health, reducing pest attack through decoy planting and increased plant diversity, and maximising your harvest.

In this workshop, we explore:

  • Good companion planting combinations
  • Which plants will attract beneficial insects and deter pests
  • Where to begin with pairing your crops
  • The best crop rotation methods
  • Plant placement
  • Decoy and sacrificial crops

Learning to understand your garden as a system of biodiversity where plants are all connected and interdependent on each other helps make you a more observant gardener.

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Your Presenter

After twenty years working in various roles within the nursery and garden industry it was with great pleasure that Ryan came to work for the Diggers Club in mid-2018, both his and the Diggers Club’s 40th birthday.

 His connection to the club stems from his childhood where his parents were Diggers members, he fondly remembers pawing over the extensive seed catalogues of which he and his brother where allowed to make three selections each. 

The first book in his now extensive gardening library was Clive Blazey’s 1999 “The Australian Vegetable Garden-What’s new is old”. Coming to work for the Diggers Club felt somewhat of a homecoming, and it has been noted on more than one occasion that he bears a striking resemblance to the Diggers man logo. 

During his time with the Diggers Club, Ryan has been lucky enough to experience several different aspects of what Diggers do. He started at the Heronswood retail garden shop then spent time as the garden supervisor for the wonderful Heronswood gardens. He kept himself busy during lockdown as our nursery production manager, then came full circle to return to the Heronswood garden shop where he enjoys engaging with passionate gardeners daily. 

Not only does Ryan find helping others with their gardening endeavours highly satisfying, but in helping others he is also enriching his own progression as a gardener.

The Location

In the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, Cloudehill is a stunning cool climate garden spread over 5 acres. From formal clipped hedges and topiary as you arrive, through to the comparatively relaxed bulb meadows, Cloudehill provides year round inspiration for the cool climate gardener.

The Diggers garden shop has a wide range of plants on offer and specialises in Diggers signature heirloom seeds and cottage flowers, complemented by a range of flowering shrubs and cool climate trees.

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Companion Planting

10 February 2024

Cloudehill (Olinda)

Saturday 10am - 11:30am

Limited tickets, don't miss out.

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