New dates: Friday 26th or Saturday 27th February 2021

Wanting to develop your own productive vegie patch or yummy yard? Looking for information and inspiration to get started? Want the basics made simple?

Learn from Sophie Thomson, media gardening personality and obsessive-compulsive vegetable grower, the nitty gritty of setting up your own vegie garden patch as she covers the essential details such as soil, compost, irrigation, seasonal planting, seeds vs seedlings. Learn too about how to bring in the good bugs to help manage the bad and deal with potential problems within your fledgling garden.

In addition, Sophie will take you on a tour of her different productive areas at Sophie’s Patch, which include both extensive in ground gardens and wicking beds, to give you the opportunity of exploring what is possible and what is right for you.

The day includes morning tea with delicious cakes made from Sophie’s vegies. Lunch includes a fun treat when Sophie teams up with her good friend Sally Tonkin, country cook and baker of Sophie’s famous produce cakes, for a ‘Cook and the Gardener’ look at real cooking using produce from the garden. And yes you do get to sample it too!

Cost $135 inc booking fee

Numbers are limited so get in early.

Booking Details


We are monitoring the COVID 19 pandemic situation and the governments health advice closely and will follow all directions.

At this stage we expect to be able to run this event, however if this changes we will of course refund your tickets.

Bad Weather Policy

This is a practical event. Please be sure to wear appropriate clothing. Boots in all seasons; hats and water bottles for summer, and warm, wet weather gear including a rain jacket for wet weather.

In the event of extreme weather, including temperatures over 35c at Mount Barker, the workshop may be cancelled or postponed to another day.

Photos from September 2020 Events