Welcome to the Canberra Organic Growers Society web site. We are a group of gardeners (mainly urban) dedicated to growing our own organic fruit and vegetables, either in backyards or community gardens. This web site contains information on various practical aspects of organic gardening and is particularly relevant to the Canberra region. It also contains information about our community gardens, notices of coming events of interest to gardeners and a blog which includes gardening questions and answers. The web site will be regularly updated so please subscribe to our RSS feed so that you are notified of any significant additions to the site, new events and breaking news.
News and Events
25 October 2014
Merici Grower’s Tasty Tomato Sale Tomato seedlings propagated by Sustainability students and teachers will be on sale to the public on Saturday 25 October. The sale will be held in the Kitchen Garden (Limestone Avenue and Henty Street) and will commence at 8.00am until 12.00 midday. This year Merici has mostly heritage varieties that did well in the garden last year. They have also added a few new varieties following requests from customers last year. Please follow the link http://tinyurl.com/ptgyqfato find the list of varieties. All welcome.
Kitchen Garden (Limestone Avenue and Henty Street)
26 October 2014 11:00 AM
Crace Garden open day To celebrate the start of the warmer weather, the Crace Community Garden is holding an Open Day, and you are invited to come along and have a closer look at the Garden, and meet some of the growers. For the keen gardeners, Keith Colls from the Canberra Organic Growers Society will be running a workshop on seed raising and transplanting, growing in small spaces and making your own biodegradable pots from newspaper starting at noon. This gardening workshop is free and open to anyone, but booking is essential - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Langtree Crescent, Crace
28 October 2014 07:30 PM
Q&A night with Keith Colls, prior COGS President, current Canberra City Farm committee member and lecturer on organic growing practices. With his wealth of knowledge on all aspects of growing vegetables and fruit organically, Keith will host a Q&A night for COGS members. Bring all those questions and problems that have arisen whilst preparing your garden for Canberra's summer season for Keith and other experienced COGS gardeners to solve, such as pests, soil condition, pruning and organically acceptable sprays and methods. Broader principles underpinning the reasons we garden organically, such as the environment, sustainability and health are also open for discussion.
Majura Community Centre Dickson
Majura Community Centre
Organic Gardening for Beginners at CIT Solutions, run by an experienced COGS member (a course fee applies).
The next course will start Semester 1 2015. Each course runs for four sessions of 3 hours each. Course details and on-line enrolment is available at http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=1%26SubcategoryID=35
Composting and Worm Farms
The next Composting and Worm farming workshop will be held in conjunction with CIT Solutions on 8 November 2014. Each workshop will be 3 hours (1:30 to 4:30pm). Workshop details and on-line enrolment are available at http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=1%26SubcategoryID=35 . A workshop fee applies.
Organic Pest and Disease Management for Home Gardeners
The next workshop will start on 3 September 2014. It will provide practical information to enable participants to deal with common pests and diseases encountered in the home garden using organic methods. The main focus will be on pests and diseases of fruit and vegetables in Canberra, but these same techniques are also applicable to ornamental plants. The workshop will consist of three sessions of two hours each. http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=3%26SubcategoryID=35 . A workshop fee applies.
Soil, Potting Mixes and Watering Systems for Home Gardeners
The next workshop is scheduled to start on 13 September 2014. There will be two sessions of two and a half hours each. Learn about managing soil for optimal fertility in growing fruit and vegetables using organic principles. Participants are asked to bring samples of their own garden soil for testing. For those growing fruit and vegetables in pots and planter boxes, potting mixes will also be discussed. Advice will be provided on setting up efficient watering systems for the fruit and vegetable garden. To enrol go to http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=3%26SubcategoryID=35. A workshop fee applies.
Introduction to Horticulture
The next workshop is scheduled to start on 22 October 2014. There will be six sessions of two and a half hours each. If you are interested in growing plants and landscaping or want to know more about the best plants for a Canberra climate, then this course is sure to inspire your green thumb. The course offers a taste of what it is like to be a professional horticulturalist. To enrol go to http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=2%26SubcategoryID=35. A workshop fee applies.
Courtyards and Balcony Gardens
The next workshops will be on 9 September and 18 October 2014. It will provide practical information on building and maintaining balcony and courtyard gardens using organic methods. The workshop will consist of one session of three hours. http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=2%26SubcategoryID=35. A workshop fee applies.
Compostable Material Available from Tuggeranong Hyperdome
The Tuggeranong Hyperdome has a variety of organic waste available for composting or worm farms including waste from Fresh Life the fruit market, waste from the Food court, coffee grinds, serviettes, some cooked meats.
They would prefer these waste products did not go to the tip. To access these compostable materials for your compost heap or worms please contact Wayne Hudson on 6293 1000 or email Wayne_Hudson(at)cfsgam.com.au.
This is a FREE workshop being delivered throughout ACT Libraries. Workshops and places are limited. The workshop runs for 40 minutes per session or 2 hours total and covers
(1) Home Improvements: discover how to make your home more comfortable and less expensive to run;
(2) Energy Consumption: bring along your energy bills and take the guess-work out of your usage; and
(3) Energy Smart Actions: discover free and simple actions that save you money and suit your household.
Take home workbook included packed full of activities, information and options. Prepare for winter today. For session times, refer to www.sustainact.com. Book Mon-Thurs by phoning 6248 0885 or email email@example.com