THE OPEN GARDEN COURSE – an introduction to growing organic food at home

Starting at Warradale 

Tuesday July 23, 10 am-12 noon for 10 weeks (School term 3)

Cost $10 per session (concession holders $5)

To register please phone 0410 636 857 or email with your name, address, phone number and email address.

(If you want to do the course but can’t get there on Tuesday mornings please let me know your preferred days & times to plan the next course.)

A weekly small group session, based in a productive home garden. Designed for those who are starting their own edible garden. No experience required.


Each session includes practical activities, information on permaculture ethics and principles, access to a gardening reference library and to organic seeds for sale, opportunities to discuss what’s happening in your own garden, often something to take home, and best of all contact with like-minded people so you have opportunities to exchange ideas, seeds, plants and garden visits.

 Learn how to:

  • Set out your garden to address site factors such as orientation, soil type, sun and shade
  • Select plants suitable for your site and for the seasons
  • Start growing and eating your own fruit, vegetables and herbs
  • Improve soil with compost, worm farming, green manure crops and gentle cultivation
  • Grow food all year round in a small area
  • Make your garden both productive and attractive
  • Rediscover and recreate natural human habitat!


  • What do I need to bring? Garden gloves, hat, drink and snack, notebook and pen (trowel and knee pads also recommended; for some sessions you will need to bring soil samples or garden plans from home – I’ll let you know any homework each week)
  • Can my children come? This course is aimed at adults. Babies who can be settled in a sling or pram etc are welcome, but I have found that toddlers and preschoolers really need separate sessions to cater to their energy level and concentration span – I’m happy to provide this at your home or child care centre.
  • Is the course available at a different time? It depends on demand, so please let me know when you would like it to run!
  • I have been gardening for a while and would like to learn more advanced skills – is the course suitable? Please contact me to discuss your needs – a home consultation may be more appropriate or I may be able to refer you to a more advanced course depending what you want to gain.
  • I have a disability and would like my carer to attend with me. Carers are welcome to attend free of charge to assist a disabled participant. Please contact me to discuss any potential access issues.
  • Are there any additional costs? You don’t need to buy anything extra to take part in the sessions, but putting your learning into practice at home will bear fruit – literally. The course will focus on low-budget options for getting started, and organic seeds will be available for sale at each session.
  • I have an injury/baby/disability and/or my physical capacity is limited. You are welcome to participate within your limits. Please be mindful of your health and safety at the course and in your own garden, and don’t push yourself beyond your own boundaries. Observation is just as important as action. No competitive digging or lifting!

To register please phone 0410 636 857 or email with your name, address, phone number and email address.

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