Organic Gardening

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Get the skills and confidence to start your own organic garden for the upcoming season. Whether you are a complete beginner or just new to organic principles, the mix of theoretical information and practical gardening experience you’ll gain from this course will get your garden growing in no time

Topics to be covered include:

* basic understanding of organic gardening principles;
* soil preparation using bio-friendly techniques;
* basic tools and their uses;
* use of pots and planter boxes as well as traditional "backyard" gardening techniques;
* basic planting techniques (seeds and seedlings);
* plants and their life cycles, growth habits and requirements:
* limitations of the Canberra climate and local soil quality and how to deal with both.

Course ID CCF2002
Price $245.00 (GST included)
Start date Saturday, 21 October 2017
Finish date Saturday, 11 November 2017
Sessions 4 sessions of 3 hours
Time 10.00am - 1.00pm
Tutor Keith Colls
Location CIT Bruce
Status Module is finished.


The first class will take place at CIT Bruce. All subsequent classes are at the Canberra City Farm site at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

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"The course had really helpful hints you only find by talking to a gardener." Anne
"Very knowledgeable and happy to share wisdom at any time." Leanne
"I was able to get my own questions answered." Pam
"Excellent handouts, depth of knowledge of teacher."
"Fascinating stuff. Tip of the iceberg, well presented. Keith is a storehouse of knowledge."
"The teacher is very experienced and engaging. He took time to answer all our questions."

About your tutor:
Keith Colls is a qualified horticulturalist and has been a keen gardener his whole life. He has a strong interest in fruit and vegetable growing and teaching urban dwellers how to grow their own food in backyards and community gardens. Keith is a founding member of the group which established the Canberra City Farm, a centre in Turner which demonstrates urban agriculture techniques and sustainable living. He is also a member of the Canberra Organic Growers Society and has been involved in establishing and managing community food gardens in Canberra and Queanbeyan since the late 1990s as well as holding many positions on the management committee, including six years as President. Keith has been conducting gardening courses for CIT Solutions since 2001.

Location: CIT Bruce

Address: 35 Vowels Crescent, Bruce

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  • Vowels Crescent
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  • Haydon Drive, Bruce ACT 2617
  • Canberra, Australia

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