Garden workshops

Gardening and Composting Workshops for summer 2013/2014

Wanaka’s own gardening and composting guru Dr Compost (aka Ben Elms) gives advice and runs workshops on gardening and composting. The Dr Compost project is funded by Queenstown Lakes District Council to encourage home composting and reduce waste, and delivered by Wanaka Wastebusters.

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The“Get Composting” workshop shows you how to make compost with no smell and no fuss. Find the composting system which suits you. Compost boosts the health of your soil, making your plants stronger.

Get all the Dr’s tips and tricks about growing vegetables in the harsh Central Otago and Wakatipu conditions at  his “Get Growing” workshops. Find out how to build a raised bed, grow seedlings and choose the right plants at his spring workshop. The autumn workshop will extend your garden season and help you harvest vegetables through the winter.

Wanaka autumn “Get Growing” workshop
Harvest vegetables through the winter
Tuesday 18th Feb, 6-8pm
Aspiring Beginnings, Warren St, Wanaka

Queenstown autumn “Get Growing” workshop
Harvest vegetables through the winter
Tuesday 25th Feb, 6-8pm
Harvest Community Gardens, Gorge Rd, Queenstown
(Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.)

All welcome to the workshops, gold coin donation. You can also get free advice on the Dr Compost helpline by emailing

Advice from Dr Compost

Dr Compost features in the Otago Daily Times

Winter-proofing your veggie garden

Keeping happy worms


Dr Compost articles in the Wanaka Sun

Rollercoaster veggie gardening

An autumn tidy up

The mighty White Cabbage Butterfly

Growing monster garlic

Food scraps for plants

My five top crops

Signs to plant by

Spring’s a’ comin’…


Top Tips – Handouts from workshops

Sourcing good things for your garden

Top five crops


Things to do in the garden this month

Sept 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012