Veges 101

A gardening workshop for beginners of all ages.

If you know next to nothing about growing vegetables, but would like to get started, this workshop is for you!

In just 90 minutes, Graham Burge and Errol Wood will take you through the basics of bed preparation, planting seeds and seedlings, and the maintenance requirements (weeding, thinning, watering, etc.).

A gold coin donation to support the activities of the Gardens will be appreciated.

Selection of garden tools available for sale.

Cancelled if wet.

 

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community, Lincoln University and Hammer Hardware.

Mahoe Reserve Working Bee

 

Come along and help us in the restoration and maintenance of the Mahoe Native Reserve.

Please wear suitable shoes, bring spades, garden gloves, sunglasses or other eye protection, also a bucket for mulch, if you can.

Working bees are the first Sunday of every month from 2pm.

 

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community and Lincoln University.

Mahoe Reserve Working Bee

Come along and help us in the restoration and maintenance of the Mahoe Native Reserve.

Please wear suitable shoes, bring spades, garden gloves, sunglasses or other eye protection, also a bucket for mulch, if you can.

Working bees are the first Sunday of every month from 2pm.

 

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community and Lincoln University.

Earthworms – Our Underground Army

A workshop on the vital contribution that earthworms make to our soils

 

Dr Trish Fraser, Science Team Leader at Plant and Food Research, will share the knowledge she has gained from over 30 years of research into earthworms and their effects on soil properties – its structure, nutrient availability and losses, organic matter, etc. She will introduce us to the sorts of earthworms we find in New Zealand and explain what they do, the conditions they prefer, and how what we do to the soil can affect them.

Parents: Children are welcome to come and participate. Trish will bring along examples of earthworm species for children to have a look at and ask questions.

Gold coin donation appreciated.

 

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community, Lincoln University and Hammer Hardware.

Mahoe Reserve Working Bee

Come along and help us in the restoration and maintenance of the Mahoe Native Reserve.

Please wear suitable shoes, bring spades, garden gloves, sunglasses or other eye protection, also a bucket for mulch, if you can.

Working bees are the first Sunday of every month from 2pm.

 

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community and Lincoln University.

Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt!

A workshop on the key characteristics of soil, their importance, and how to maintain healthy garden soil.

The soil is the foundation of a healthy garden, whether it is a lawn, a vegetable garden or a simple flower garden.”

This workshop is presented by Roger and Judith of Lincoln University who are tutors in the Soil Science Department. They run soil science laboratories for undergraduate classes, and Roger lectures to Diploma students.

Bring along an ice cream container of your vegetable garden soil if you would like to have it assessed.

Gold coin donation appreciated.

 

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community and Lincoln University.

Cancelled – Maintaining Pip-Fruit Trees

The Fruit Tree Workshop has been cancelled.

Unfortunately due to the move to level 2 and the requirement for social distancing we have decided not to run this workshop on Saturday.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you in the future!

Take Care
Lincoln Envirotown Trust

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A workshop conducted by Greg Quinn

Greg Quinn of Home Orchard Care has spent over twenty years working on private and commercial orchards in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.  He now provides maintenance services for backyard fruit trees, from new plantings to neglected trees.

Greg says:

“Not unlike people, fruit trees can often either be cured of pests and diseases or with help can live on for a time with the ailment. Regular and correct pruning in combination with a basic spray programme can ensure many fruitful years for the home orchard”.

A $5 koha per person will be appreciated as cash at the workshop.

Garden tools and plant containers of a wide range of sizes for sale.

 

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community and Lincoln University.

Mahoe Reserve Working Bee

Come along and help us in the restoration and maintenance of the Mahoe Native Reserve.

Please wear suitable shoes, bring spades, garden gloves, sunglasses or other eye protection, also a bucket for mulch, if you can.

Working bees are the first Sunday of every month from 2pm.

 

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community and Lincoln University.

Establishing a Native Garden

  There are four basic steps to establishing a native garden, they are: PLAN, PREPARE, PLANT and PROTECT.

This workshop will cover these steps, using the Mahoe Reserve, as an example, and will include a short visit to this nearby native planting area.

 

 

Our presenters:

Fiona Waghorn is an experienced horticulturalist, who has run her own nursery for 10 years. Fiona now manages the Living Streams Community Nursery Trust which grows eco-sourced native plants;

Dr Sue Jarvis was the foundation Chair of the Lincoln Envirotown Trust and was a driving force behind the establishment of the Mahoe Reserve on Boundary Road, and the Lincoln Envirotown Community Gardens.

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Please park on the street.

Gold coin donation requested to support the Community Gardens.

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Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community, Lincoln University and CDHB.

Spring into Action

Tips from our Spring into Action Workshop

Conducted by Rachel Vogan

 

 

If you missed our recent garden workshop then here’s a few tips…

  • Rachel is a strong advocate for “jiffy pots” which enable vegetables (not root vegetables) to be grown from seed, and avoiding the shock to the seedlings when they are transplanted. Plant the jiffy pot containing the seedling well below the ground surface to prevent it drying out.

 

  • Her advice on parsnips: New seed is needed every year; plant while there is still a likelihood of frosts (because the cold ground helps to crack the hard seed coat. Otherwise pouring boiling water on the seeds will promote cracking of the seed coat.

 

  • Rachel’s recommendation for a main summer potato variety is “Summer Beauty”. Its potatoes are medium size, good for boiling and store well.

 

  • Some plants thrive better when planted in plots rather than rows, particularly sweet corn and broad beans, because pollination via the wind is more effective.