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Organic Gardening Basics - Part 6 of 6: Pest Control & Insectories

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Saturday 30 September 2023 - 10am to 12pm (2 hours)

This 6-part organic gardening course with Judy Keats will help teach you all the basics to grow organic food successfully at home. The series is arranged in fortnightly sessions over 12 weeks, to focus intently on a specific topic each session while progressing through a spectrum of essential knowledge and skills.

This course is perfect not only for new gardeners just starting out, but also excellent to give experienced gardeners the opportunity to grow their knowledge and sharpen their skills alongside an expert tutor in organics.

To have the best learning experience, we recommend booking for the whole course with a 'Complete Series' ticket, available now!

'Single Session' tickets are available from 7 June 2023, while spots remain!


Full course dates:

> Part 1: 22/07/23 - Healthy Soil

> Part 2: 05/08/23 - Propagation & Planting

> Part 3: 19/08/23 - Fruit Trees & Pruning (Note: 26/8/23 RAIN DATE)

> Part 4: 02/09/23 - Weed Management

> Part 5: 16/09/23 - Gardening with the Seasons

> Part 6: 30/09/23 - Pest Control & Insectories


What to expect:

Session 6: Pest Control & Insectories

Organic gardening relies on the benefits of biodiversity to manage a healthy, productive garden without the need for harmful chemicals and sprays. This session focuses on how we can support the health of our plants by supporting biodiversity, of not only our plants but also of other macro- and micro-organisms, in order to promote biological solutions for common pests and diseases. Judy will also cover a range of common strategies that use engineering and ingenuity rather than destructive toxins.

Tickets include:

  • 'Complete Series' = Admission and guided instruction to all 6 x sessions of the Organic Gardening Basics course, including this session, with access to tools and resources at each session
  • 'Single Session' = Admission and guided instruction for this session, with access to tools and resources for practical activities on site

What to bring:


  • a refillable water bottle (to stay hydrated)
  • weather appropriate gear (to keep comfortable)


  • a notebook and pen (to take notes)
  • a pair of gloves (if you prefer to wear them)
  • a face covering or mask (for indoors or close quarters)


Judy Keats is a permaculturist, organic systems educator, and community garden mentor and advisor, with more than 8 years experience establishing, coordinating, and teaching in community gardens across greater Auckland.

Judy is passionate about well-being for people and caring for the environment in which they live. She believes that by observing our plants and our changing climate, we can gain insight and a closer connection to the health of our gardens and broader ecosystems, which she knows to be key to the success and optimal yields of a sustainable food system. Judy is committed to working with communities to foster knowledge and experience towards mastering resilience.


At Kelmarna, we strive to make education accessible for everyone. So, where possible, we offer a 35% discount on our workshops to valid Community Services Card holders. If you book one of these tickets, please email us a copy of your valid Community Services Card, and remember to bring it along to the workshop. Please note that this option does not include Super Gold Card holders. Ngā mihi.

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