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Nutrients & Fertilizers: Growing Nutrient Dense Foods (as part of The Science of Edible Gardening Series)

March 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


You are what you eat, and plants are no different. Nutrient dense food is healthier and tastier than plants grown with synthetic fertilisers. You are not imagining that veggies were tastier in the 60s and 70s … they actually were! Discover the importance of soil in growing nutrient dense food. Enjoy some tomato taste tests and understand how nutrient density is directly correlated to flavour.

Learn some simple ways to increase the nutrient density of your food, and explore options for measuring the nutrient density. We will look at some common mineral deficiencies in plants and how you can correct them.
This workshop in the Science of Edible Gardening Series, looks at modern agriculture and how the veggies produced are not much better than junk food. You will come away with a renewed appreciation for slow-grown food and how it is tastier and healthier for you.


  • Soil minerals for plant health
  • Soil Testing
  • Clay & Sandy Soils
  • Nutrient Density of Home Grown Food
  • Tomato Taste Tests

The class involves a combination of theory in a classroom setting, demonstrations and hands-on practical activities including:
• Taking soil samples for testing
• A tomato taste test. Trial different varieties to compare flavour and then test their nutrient density

By the end of the class you will have a greater understanding of the importance and influence of seasonality in the garden. You will have the skills and practical knowledge to start recording your observations and know how to use them to improve your gardening success.

What to Bring:
• Enthusiasm for learning
• Your lunch
• Water bottle
• Notebook and pen
• Closed toed, practical shoes
• Appropriate Clothing as Kyneton can be cold and wet in autumn or stinking hot!
• Some of your own homegrown tomatoes if you would like to contribute to the taste test and measure their nutrient density

The Science of Edible Gardening Workshop Series

These events are being run as part of The Science of Edible Gardening Workshop Series from Leaf, Root & Fruit. The series has been designed to give you an overview of how plants grow and interact with the environment. This understanding makes decision making, planning and garden maintenance straightforward. Observation and understanding of natural ecosystems and phenomena can help you to be a more successful and fulfilled gardener.

Each workshop is based around a theme that will integrate into the entire series. There will be minimal repetition of content across each event, although certain important ideas will be revisited from time to time. We anticipate most attendees will complete the entire series. However, you can book in for each workshop individually to pick and choose the ones relevant to you.

The 8 workshop topics are:

  • Nutrients and Fertilizers: Growing Nutrient Dense Food (Held each March)
  •        Population Ecology: Pests and How to Control Them (Held each April)
  •        Reproductive Genetics: Seed Saving, Grafting and Pollination (Held each May)
  •        Plant Physiology: Pruning and Plant Manipulation (Held each June)
  •        Seasonality and Timing: Environmental Gardening Influences (Held each July)
  •        Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles: The Science of Compost (Held each August)
  •        Ecological Succession and Soil: Edible Forest Gardens and Weed Control (Held each September)
  •        Photosynthesis: Irrigation, Rainwater Tanks and Sunlight (Held each November)

See our dedicated web page for more information on The Science of Edible Gardening workshop series:

Please go to our ticketing website to book tickets:


March 18, 2023
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Leaf, Root & Fruit
0423 003 764
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Kyneton, Victoria
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