- Start: Sun, 18 Aug 10:30am
- End: Sun, 18 Aug 1:00pm
Te Henga Road, Auckland, New Zealand
This is a great time for planning your spring garden. August is a month away from the equinox, what are the practicalities of this from a growing perspective?
Learn some of the principles of Maramataka or the lunar/solar calendar.
Longbreath Farm is a beautiful 10acre organic haven - an inspirational property which is motivating for gardeners and farmers, whether you're into home gardening, urban food production or wanting to diversify and future-proof your lifestyle block or farm.
'Shows what is possible on a small-holding in a sustainable/self-sustaining way. Plus the restoration work is inspiring. Thoroughly enjoyed it.' April 2019
Seasonal Pulse is a quarterly series for organic gardeners and Auckland (peri-urban) farmers with Brendan Hoare.
* See examples in action around the farm including orchard, foodforest, woodlot, chooks, beehives and home vege production.
* Practical tips for action this month; past, present and future cycles of the land; reading landscape
* Guidance and ‘to do’ lists for home gardens, nursery, farm and tree crop systems
* Work schedules and planning tools
* Practical seasonal gardening techniques.
In a changing climate getting a grasp of the ‘seasonal pulse’ is essential in gardening and farming success: timing is everything. Understanding these pulses requires training and an understanding of natural cycles while anticipating and adjusting to local variation takes time and requires awareness. This is particularly true if wishing to undertake land management without the over use of external inputs like fertilisers, pesticides and machinery.
The combined skills to achieve success includes reading the landscape and habitat, anticipating seasonal change through data, preparation of next seasonal activities, detailed work plans and a deep understanding of the local environment. All of these skills can be learnt if practiced on a regular basis.
If you have an established garden, are starting a garden, managing a farm or looking at buying land, and wishing to do so using organic and regenerative principles, this programme will help you develop skills and realise your dream.
You will develop skills to enable greater awareness of the land you are working with and meet some great folks along the way.
Tutor: Brendan Hoare, former Organic Systems and Sustainable Design tutor, Unitec; Buy Pure NZ Ltd