Introduction to Vegetable Growing

Brought to you by The Diggers Club

Your Masterclass

Nothing beats the flavour, freshness and nutrient density of home-grown vegies picked straight from you own garden, and in terms of living sustainably, nothing is better as it turns food miles into food metres. This Masterclass is designed to cover everything you need to know to set up and start your productive vegie patch in time for a bumper Autumn harvest.

What you will learn:

  • Selecting right size and right position for your patch
  • Vegie garden styles from in-ground, raised, wicking beds to container growing
  • How to bring in the good bugs to help manage the bad and troubleshooting common problems in the garden
  • Propagation techniques to multiply your crop
  • All the vegie gardening essentials: soil, compost, irrigation, seasonal planting, seeds vs seedlings and much, much more

This Masterclass is designed to cover everything you need to know to set up and start your productive vegie patch, from layout considerations, how to improve your soils to bed styles, seasonal selections and container growing.

Lunch provided.

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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

Featuring over 4 acres of food, cottage and bush gardens each season provides different delights and inspiration to both experienced and aspiring gardeners. The gardens are filled with plants which thrive in central Victoria’s cold winters and hot dry summers. A huge range of daffodils, hellebores and other flowering bulbs bring the garden to life in spring.

Visitors can admire the colour and beauty of our perennial flower borders throughout summer and autumn with hardy, long flowering perennials creating an amazing cottage garden display amongst our Australian bush setting.

The Garden has been certified organic since 2008 and Digger’s range of perennials, bulbs and heirloom vegetables are grown at St Erth using the best organic methods. Seasonal produce from our kitchen gardens is served at St Erth café throughout the year.

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Introduction To Vegetable Growing

18 August 2024

The Garden of St Erth (Blackwood)

Sunday 10am - 1pm

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