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Backyard Veggie Gardening 2019 – 2020

Sun, 25 August 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$60 – $200

In its fourth year

Presented by Alison Walsh

Starting Sunday, 25 August 2019 | 12noon – 4pm

creating a productive vegetable patch in your home

SAGE is excited to be offering Backyard Veggie Gardening – a series of four half-day workshops, created to teach how to establish and maintain a successful vegetable patch at home. Starting and maintaining a productive vegetable garden isn’t really that hard – it requires some time, good guidance and a plan.

Alison Walsh – a successful home gardener will be your guide through this series – designed so you are learning and working on what’s appropriate throughout the season. Backyard Veggie Gardening is perfect for a beginner to gardening and wants to learn how to grow food, and is also ideal for those who have a garden but want to learn effective practices and useful skills to make their garden thrive. These workshops are very practical, so be prepared to get your hands in the dirt.

You can attend the entire series or just one of the half-day topics if you just need a refresher or some guidance.

Session 1 – Planning ~ Sunday 25 August 2019 (SAGE Garden, 110 Queen St, Moruya)
In the first session, you will formulate a plan – a plan of your garden and a plan of what to grow. Having a plan will help you get organised, be more efficient and grow quality produce with greater success. The plan you develop will be specific for your veggie patch at home, and will take into consideration:

  • Location and size of your garden,
  • Different types of garden beds,
  • Time commitment,
  • Construction of new beds – pros and cons,
  • Protection from wildlife and insects, and
  • What you want to grow.

Session 2 – Planting ~ Sunday 8 September 2019 (Alison’s Garden, Araluen Rd, Deua Valley)
In the planting workshop, you will look at your garden in more detail. This workshop will be held at Alison’s property, in the Deua Valley to give a great reference of a perfect example of both a kitchen garden for everyday produce and a larger garden for more substantial plants. Topics covered that day include:

  • Soil health and ideal growing conditions,
  • Sowing – seeds vs seedlings,
  • Support structures,
  • Watering,
  • Compost and feeding methods, and
  • Bed maintenance and hand tools.

Session 3 – Backyard Garden Tour ~ November 2019 (Eurobodalla)
The third session in the series we’ll visit three successful backyard gardens in the area. This tour will give you an understanding of how other backyarders plan, grow and manage their veggie gardens.

More details will be available shortly. Register your interest now to

Session 4 – Problem Solving ~ Sunday 16 February 2020 (SAGE Garden, 110 Queen St, Moruya)
With three months between workshops, this last session will be a review of the season and work through solutions to some of the common problems you may have experienced through the summer growing season. In this workshop you will learn more on:

  • Pests and diseases – how to prevent,
  • Green manure and soil maintenance,
  • Managing gluts and preparing for the hungry gap
  • Preparing for the cooler months, and
  • Lessons learnt and planning for the next season.

About your Presenter
Alison Walsh is passionate about gardening and growing quality produce. Gardening since childhood, Alison love of growing food and feeding people continues today. Her wealth of knowledge is seen in the quality of the food she grows. Using organic growing techniques, and a plan, Alison has a constant supply of food that feeds three neighbouring families regularly, with an abundance for the frequent visitors and preserving. In her spare time, Alison is a successful Herbalist at Moruya Natural Therapies.

COST: All four workshops – Only $200 (SAGE Member)
To become a member go to
Or you can attend individual workshops – Only 
$60 (SAGE Member) – $70 (Non-SAGE Member)
FEE INCLUDES: notes, a light lunch and morning or afternoon tea (prepared with local seasonal produce).

RSVP: Sandra Makdessi SAGE Education Officer
email or phone 0439 032 038


Sun, 25 August 2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$60 – $200
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SAGE Education – Sandra
0439 032 038


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