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

Upcoming events

15 October 2016 12:00 AM
CANBERRA TIMES ARTICLE ON THE WONDERFUL WORK FOR ASSYLUM SEEKSERS AND REFUGEES BEING DONE AT THE COGS KAMBAH COMMUNITY GARDEN– 15 AUGUST 2016 COGS community gardens and gardeners have had some great articles written about them in recent weeks and this week the Kambah Community Garden is featured. Kambah garden is doing some wonderful work to provide asylum seekers and refugees with a garden plot and to donate surplus produce to deserving charities. For details refer to: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/-gqqoid.html COGS is very proud of these initiatives and thanks Neville Jackson, the Convener at Kambah, and all the gardeners at Kambah for embracing them wholeheartedly.

16 October 2016 12:00 AM
CANBERRA TIMES ARTICLE ON MICHELE ENGLAND’S (CONVENOR OF COGS DICKSON COMMUNITY GARDEN) HOME GARDEN IN BRADDON – 1 AUGUST 2016 COGS gardeners are an industrious lot which is truly demonstrated in the Canberra Times article on Michele England’s productive garden at her home in Braddon. Michele leads a very busy life including gardener, current Convenor at COGS Dickson garden, COGS Librarian, artist, mum and the list goes on. To find out more refer to the Canberra Times article at: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/-gq9p19.html

30 December 2016 12:00 AM
CANBERRA TIMES ARTICLE ON SIMONE DILKARA'S TALK TO COGS MEMBERS IN JUNE 2016 If you were unable to come to the COGS members' meeting in June please read the Canberra Times article to find out what an informative and enjoyable talk you missed. It's a great article and can be accessed at: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/make-your-own-bokashi-compost-with-simone-dilkara-in-canberra-20160713-gq4k01.html >

Majura Community Centre

Other activities

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.

The Energy Smart Workshop for ACT Homeowners.

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 energysmart@sustainact.com