Workshops; Planting from Seed

The last Garden workshop was focussed on harvesting and growing from your own seed.

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This subject was repeatedly requested by the enthusiasts that keep the community garden ticking over. The workshop was open to all school garden contributors, all the Somers Primary School Community and even their friends. We had a great turn out; 15 people. Close to perfect size. In the future we may have to limit numbers depending on the workshop activity. Its nice to be popular.

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Jess Brady led the workshop. Harvesting your own seed is an essential skill that saves you money. It really completes the cycle. When you see your own seeds germinating and then growing to maturity its quite inspiring. We can grow, harvest, store, share and plant seeds from appropriate stock. We do not need to rushing off to the nursery for seedlings every time.

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We have tried to demystify the process. The workshop feedback has been excellent and we will try to respond to interest/need in the future with more Workshops.

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FREE Growing From Seed Workshop.

It’s a little daunting at first knowing what to do and what not to do with your seeds. 

So I asked a friend. That friend was Jess Brady who knows a lot about this. Even more importantly she showed me how to do it while all the time make it seem easier not harder. That is gold dust.


Come along to the workshop in the 5th of June and meet the other local gardeners associated with the school. 

You don’t have to be a volunteer at the school gardens. You don’t have to do anything in return. All you need is an interest in growing stuff!

How to …… set up netting?

There are many little animals that also appreciate our fresh veggies in the garden. Not all of them human.

To cover your garden bed with netting you need some sort of frame or support.

The pictures below show how to use the recycled poly pipe net supports.

The supports are pre made. They pivot at the middle. You need two for most beds.

See the pictures of Mr Griffins 2017 bed as an example.

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Find two poly pipes frames. Place bamboo pegs where the legs will sit. Probably one for each corner is best so if you have two frames thats 8 bamboos sticks.

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Slide the ends of the pipes over the pegs. push the pipe down over the bamboo until it feels well bedded in. Watch out the pipes can be springy.

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For the second frame repeat the process. That means there will be two pegs at the mid-point of each bed.

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This bed has frames of two different heights. In this case it helps accommodate the stuff in the bed.

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Some pipes have kinked in the middle where they are bolted together. It doesn’t really matter. It might even be helpful. This bed has kinked pipes.

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When you have the frame up simply throw over a piece of netting and get it roughly centred.

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Then take each corner of fabric and bring it together in a know under each corner of the bed.

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If you are planning to have larger Bamboo Structures like Teepees think about having two; one at either end. Then you can put a pole across the top and support your netting with that “ridge pole’ like in an old fashioned tent.