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    Raising Seedlings from Seed - Practical Workshop

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    Practical Workshop + Share Table

    Raising Seedlings from Seed - presented by Ilka Seibel

    Sunday 2 June 2024

    2.00 pm - 4.30 pm

    DDEC Eco Hut, 1A Heller Street, Rangeville, Q 4350

    This event is organised by Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.

    Bookings are Essential

    Bookings are essential so that we have contact details and know how many will be attending.

    What We'll Do

    We’ll start at 2.00 pm with a welcome and introduction. This practical Workshop will start with a presentation inside and then we'll move outside to plant seeds in punnets to take home. 

    What We'll See and Learn

    Raising Seedlings from Seed - presented by Ilka Seibel

    Ilka is a backyard gardener who has been raising all her seedlings from seed.  She'll share tips that work well for her.  

    We'll learn about:

    • Why Ilka raises seeds and doesn't buy seedlings
    • Why to raise seeds in punnets and don’t directly plant into the garden
    • Benefits of collecting seeds from your garden
    • Making seed raising mix (Ilka's home recipe)
    • Different options for choosing punnets
    • Where to keep trays of seedlings and how to water them
    • What to do when they are ready to be planted out

    Then we'll move outside for a hands-on activity.

    Workshop details

    • Prepare seed raising mix
    • How to treat the soil when putting into punnets
    • Watering in

    Attendees will have the opportunity to pot some seeds to take home.

    Please bring any empty seedlings punnets you have at home.

    About Ilka Seibel

    Ilka has previously always tried to grow some veggies at home, but was very rarely successful.

    She started her Cert III in Horticulture July 2023, and she and David completed a PDC course in September 2023. This opend up a can of worms and they have changed their whole backyard since then.

    Ilka has taken part in a couple of Syntropic workshops and would love to create something in this direction on a bigger scale, like on acreage.

    Through the permaculture influence she has learned that soil is the most important part of growing plants. This did not even get a big mention in her Cert III in Horticulture.

    Afternoon Tea (provided)

    A light afternoon tea will be provided (including Gluten Free and Vegan options).

    What to Bring

    • Empty Seedling Punnets
    • Water Bottle
    • Sun protection
    • Clothes and footwear suitable for outdoor weather conditions
    • Donations of surplus produce for the Share Table

    Share Table

    Do you have surplus?

    We encourage you to bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies, and resources to share with others at our events.

    Some ideas of what you could bring include – fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, milk, jams, pickles, preserves, jars, ferments, starters, SCOBYs, seeds, plants, seedlings, cuttings, tubers, pots, tools, gardening magazines, permaculture books, recipes, patterns, manure, coffee grounds, compost additives, worms, mealworms, wool, fabric, craft supplies, soap, natural cleaning products, plastic alternatives, produce bags – the list is extensive.

    Please bring whatever you can and then take home whatever you need within our culture of generosity and free sharing


    The DDEC Eco Hut has access for wheelchairs, walking frames and strollers if needed.  

    Children are always welcome with close adult supervision for their safety.


      On street and off street parking is available.

      DDEC Eco Hut


      • Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. - Free
      • First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event - Free
      • Non-Members - $10 per person
      • Children attending with an Adult - Free (but please book so we know the total numbers)


      Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is due by 31 December each year. It's only $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent adult living in the same home.  

      If you join now, membership is valid for until the end of 2024

      Members can attend all events and workshops during the year at no cost. You can pay your membership at checkout when you book to attend this event.

      Please complete a Membership form which will be available at the event for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download at

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