This course runs one Saturday per season, starting with seeds in spring.
This is a “hands in the dirt” course, with a theory session followed by putting it into practice. There will be a lot of plant material after each class to share, take home and start growing.
We find this course is best delivered over four sessions, one in each of the seasons.
In Spring, we’ll look at seed raising: seed saving, seed raising mix, germination, appropriate containers, etc.
As we get closer to Summer, that’s the best time to collect and root “soft” cuttings (sage, salvias, scented geraniums) and some “semi-hardwood” cuttings (lavender, rosemary, Chilean guava).
Once we get to the Autumn class, we are dividing of plants like rhubarb, comfrey, mint, thyme and berry canes, with more “semi-hardwood cuttings.”
In Winter we do the “hardwood” cuttings: grape, plum, fig, hydrangea, blueberry, currant and the like.
Tree propagation will also be covered. You’ll learn about grafting theory and get practical experience using a grafting tool; “rootstock” production of apple and quince; how to grow rootstocks by mound layering; and how peaches and plums can be grown from seeds.The sessions are hosted by Plenty Permaculture.
The dates for the Saturday workshops are:
Winter 22 June 2019
Spring 14 September 2019
Summer 9 November 2019
Autumn 28 March 2020.
The dates for the Tuesday workshops are:
Winter 25 June 2019
Spring 17 September 2019
Summer 12 November 2019
Autumn 31 March 2020
Due to significant interest, we are running this Saturday course alongside an identical Tuesday course. If you have a date conflict on a Saturday, you can most likely come on the Tuesday if space allows. Get in touch with Catherine 027 240 1305.
The tuition is a very reasonable $85 per workshop. You’ll receive an email ahead of each session with what to bring. It’ll be things like: your lunch, flower snips, secateurs, pots, grafting tool if you have one, and branches of the plant you wish to propagate.
Kazel Cass will be leading all sessions and is one of our most popular tutors.