Education

Small Space Orcharding

Learn how to plant, maintain + harvest many types of fruit tree, and you’ll have a good understanding of the nutrients + needs of an isolated fruit tree.

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June 28th, 2015 ( 9:00 am )
Sydney, 107 Rooftop Garden

This one-day course is for everyone who wants to grow organic fruit + nut trees in small spaces – whether in the city or your backyard – and still get a bumper harvest.

Growing some of your own fruit and nuts is a great way to diversify your family’s diet, increase your home food security, and support local pollinators and biodiversity. And it’s fun, too.

By the end of this course you’ll know how to plant, care for, prune and harvest your very own urban orchard.

Taught by our favourite tree + botanical expert, you’ll be ready to go home, plan out what fruit trees you’re going to grow where, source your trees + support species, get it all growing and get ready for picking day.

In this workshop you’ll learn all about:
•The benefits of perennial plants
•Which species to choose for small space growing
•Fruit tree purchasing, planting / maintenance / care / harvesting tips
•The basics of pruning for different tree types
•Strategies for maximising yield in small spaces
•Espaliering + spindle pruning
•How to multi-graft different varieties onto the one tree
•How to plant an productive micro forest garden

By the end of this workshop you will:

Have a good working understanding of the tree as an ecosystem, and be able to identify which fruit trees are best for which sorts of urban situations

Learn how to plant, maintain + harvest many types of fruit tree, and you’ll have a good understanding of the nutrients + needs of an isolated fruit tree.

Have an overview of espalier and spindle techniques, as well as a working knowledge of pruning techniques for different tree types.

Understand the main fruit tree diseases and how to prevent +/or treat them, the concept of a microforest garden, and you’ll know how to design one that’s just right for your place.

http://www.milkwood.net/course/small-space-orcharding-150628/