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Easter Earthworks Master Class & Festivities

Get the earthworks design lowdown, see a dozer-grader-excavator showdown, followed by a cover crop sowdown, then a good old fashioned farmyard hoedown.

This very soon-to-be-upon-us April 15-19th 2014 we are inviting people to participate in some or all of a five-day permaculture and regenerative agriculture easter earthworks experience that will go down in history. Sited on the gorgeous Yandoit Farm of Michael & Lisa Jackson, facilitators include world-renowned regenerative agriculture master designer Darren J Doherty, with likely visits from several other notable permaculture-affiliated personages, not to mention most VEG team members.

Cost, you're thinking. What would something this mindblowingly amazing cost? Well sure if you can chip in some dollars then all good, but we are running this event on a gift basis where you can also pay in juggling or stand-up comedy, food, hard work, and much more.

Check out full event details and sign up if you'd like to come get amongst it.

Now, what else is going on in VEG land? Well, we're glad you asked!

VEG PDC #4

Our fourth-ever PDC will run from September-November this year. It's our favourite course - a chance to share everything we've picked up along the way and help launch others into the wonderful world of permaculture.

VEG's Missen Link

Matt Missen has been working with us for a year now, and we finally got around to putting him on our team page. Read more about Matt in this profile including how you can contact him about the great stuff he does in gardens in addition to working for VEG.

 

Latest AdVEGures

A fun little backyard VEGification in Rowville.
VEG Bed installs and workshop combos in Craigeburn, Wollert, and Highett.
The clever use of bits of rope the open and shut chook hatches in an Aberfeldie VEG chook system.
Some subtropical edibles thriving in a VEG garden in Dingley Village.
We finally set up some experimental wicking beds at the warehouse.
Carey shot this great clip about a simple bee hydration station.

Upcoming
VEGucation

Beginners Guide to Compost and Worms
Saturday, 22 Mar 2014

Edible Weeds Walk
Sunday, 30 Mar 2014

VEG Intro to Organic Vegetable Growing - Autumn Edition
Sunday, 06 Apr 2014

Beginners Guide to Chickens
Sunday, 13 Apr 2014

Permaculture Earthworks with Darren J Doherty & VEG at Yandoit Farm
Tuesday April 15 - Saturday April 19 2014

VEG Autumn 2014 PDC
Friday September 12 - Saturday November 29

This Month in the Garden

Ahh March, time to launch a full scale (which isn't to say it won't be well planned) attack on your veggie patch! Planting, mulching and tugging out weeds are all good tasks to get stuck into while it is still a little warm.  Now, what to plant, what to plant:

Veggies
You might be harvesting tonnes of tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and pumpkins and all your summer veggies (if they survived the heatwave that is), but don't get complacent -- it's time to get those winter veggies going from seed!  Plant out in trays for broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, silver beet, and cabbages.  Direct in the ground you can sow asian greens, lettuce, rocket, spring onions, spinach, beetroot, and celery.

Companions
It's a great time to pop some lovely flowering stuff in. We recommend cornflower, calendula, dianthus, pansies, viola, snapdragons, stock, nasturtium, verbena and marigolds. They look great and attract pollinators and beneficial insects too.  Herbs: More of our herb friends will be able to go into your patch now: parsley, coriander (try a slow bolting variety if it’s still pretty warm), rosemary, marjoram and thyme. You could give mint and lemon balm a go as well, but be careful to contain these quick-spreading tasties!

Fruit trees
It's peak harvest time for apples, pears, late peaches, quinces, pomegranates, persimmons and others.  Although the harvest is over for many trees, some say a good autumn watering makes for more fruit the next year.  Clean up any diseased fruit or branches to help break the pest cycles. Other tasks  Keep checking your mulch level as this is especially important for weed suppression at this time of year. Mulch after watering the patch, to a depth of about 7cm.  Don't be shy about feeding your plants in March. Seaweed teas and liquid fertilisers are great, especially for newly-planted seedlings. Apply to the soil early in the morning.  Keep watering first thing in the morning on your water restriction days or from a tank. Remember a nice, deep drink a couple of times a week is far more beneficial than a quick watering.

VEG photo of the month - Grace, Michelle, Gillian, Will, Chris, Erika, Hayden & Theo enjoying the outdoor classroom with on-demand chocolate cake during day two of the first ever VEG Green Business Incubator that happened recently. It is an exciting new direction for us and we look forward to running another later in the year. Thanks to all these lovely participants for braving the first one and for the feedback that will help make future ones even better!
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