“Grow your own food in the tropics” Series of Workshops in 2019 – 1st Workshop – How to turn dirt into soil

Jan 19, 2019 | Events, Workshops

Permaculture Cairns – “Grow your own food in the tropics”   

Series of Workshops in 2019

Workshop 1 – How to turn dirt into soil,

Saturday 26th January 2019 9am to 12noon

Presenter: Carol Laing

Topics In this workshop:

How to tell if you need Soil conditioners.   What is your soil like.  Adding Minerals, how to add.
Organic Matter and how to increase Microbes in your soil.
Why increasing organic matter and microbes in your soil are important
Using plants to improve your soil

Workshops will be held in Cairns.

There will be some practical work included in this workshop.
BRING: hat, gloves, closed in shoes.
To do a ph test and soil structure test you will need a soil sample 400grams in 500gm tall
bottle with lid Take from 4cm below the surface of soil, we want soil not litter from top.

COST: $30 for Members of Permaculture Cairns and $35 for non- members
includes morning tea.

Register by emailing Carol Laing at – info@permaculturecairns.org.au


Carol’s experience: Commercial vegetable grower in Darwin for 6 years, Plant nursery owner/operator for 10 Years.
Study:- Certificate in Horticulture 1983, a two weeks Permaculture Design Certificate Course 1992, Microbe Course
and Chromatography Course with Mas Humas 2012, Elaine Ingham’s online Microscope Course’ 2013, Graeme Sait’s
four day Nutri tech Solutions Certificate in Nutrition Farming 2014, and while attending National Biological Farming
Conference 2016 attended David Hardwick’s Workshop on Soils. Other Soil workshops I have attended are with
Terrain, Northern Resource Management and FNQ Biodynamics. I have an extensive library on many subjects, but
mostly on how to grow food using the biology in the soil. I have a long-established Permaculture garden with many
tropical perennial vegetable plants.
Workshops are all conducted with Permaculture. Ethics, Principles and Practices in mind.