28th July 2015
Monday's first grafting workshop in Lorne organised by Swami Samadhijyoti Saraswati saw us make a start to setting up a nursery bed for propagation of rootstocks for future grafting days and various projects around the Lorne district.
The day started off with some beautiful home cooking and then local arborist Steve gave a talk on sharpening secateurs and knives.
Then local blueberry propagator Mathew Vincent gave a talk on planting trees emphasising the need for a square hole rather than a round one so the roots didn't just go around the inside of the hole. then he gave a brief talk on propagating blueberries in pots, 4 parts perlite and one part peat moss(?). He then showed how he cut the through the node on the bottom of the cutting encouraging rooting.
Great day organised By Swami with thanks to Annie the host and Mathew and Steve. Perhaps Swami would like to share her intended projects with us.
It was a great privilege to host you Neil. We have land stewards for our rootstocks and plum, and are in the process of implementing the next phases and inventories of local produce/producers. We'll be sure to keep you up to date and practice the skills that you shared ready for your next visit and advanced grafting techniques. The growing of edible landscapes is our focus with the Local Urban Farmers Network, Eat Local Month and the Surf Coast Shire Council.