Garden workshops

Gardening and composting workshops for spring 2014

Wanaka’s 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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We get amazing feedback from everyone who attends Ben’s workshops, both novices and experts. The bonus is that the workshops are free, thanks to funding from Queenstown Lakes District Council to reduce organic waste in the landfill.


Get Growing workshop – bountiful vegetable gardening
Tap in to 30 years local experience in building raised beds, seed sowing and growing abundant vegetables. Ben shares the stage with master gardener Frankie Deans.

Tuesday 14th October, 6-8pm
Aspiring Beginnings, Warren St

Tuesday 28th October, 6-8pm
Frankton Kindergarten, 13 Robertson St

Get Composting workshop – easy ways to compost at home
Healthy soil grows healthy plants, and the best way to feed your soil is by composting your kitchen and garden waste. After this workshop you’ll know which composting system will suit you best and how to make it hum.

Tuesday 21st October, 6-8pm
Aspiring Beginnings, Warren St

Tuesday 4th Nov, 6-8pm
Harvest Community Gardens, Gorge Rd
(bring a chair or blanket)

You can also get free personal gardening and composting advice from Dr Compost by emailing him

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