The Educated Gardener

$75 per person

Have you got your veggie garden well underway but want to learn about how to produce more this season?

Then this course is you! Aimed at those that want to build upon their gardening knowledge , Nicki gives invaluable advice on soil nutrition and focuses on her bio-intensive planting methods and her permaculture model. She will go into detail about the techniques, fertilisers and tools we recommend to get your garden really productive this season. Since applying her methods, we have seen a massive difference in the production of our veggie gardens and now you too can benefit from her skills!

Soil Nutrition

9:30 - 12:30

Your Day


9.30am arrival. Start the day by meeting Nicki and our other attendees and share introductions over a tea or coffee with tasty treats provided by The Falls Retreat kitchen

10am – 11am Gather around in the rustic Bistro Barn to hear Nicki’s expert advice, She will share her tips on soil nutrition and the importance of getting this right to produce dense healthy veggies from seed. She will also discuss planting by the moon and explain how her bio-intensive planting  and permaculture methods work.

11am – 11.30am Head into the Falls Retreat veggie garden for an interactive session where Nicki will demonstrate the use of her forkster to achieve the perfect soil and looking at the bio-intensive methods used in The Falls Retreat Gardens, enabling her to answer specific questions.

11.30am – Lunch which consists of delicious wood fired pizzas and fresh salads using produce harvested from the gardens, plus a drink to accompany your meal. Nicki joins you for lunch so this is your opportunity to pick her brains and ask questions which apply to your own garden.

Timing is approximate and course content may be subject to change.

What’s included:

  • Morning tea on arrival – delicious nibbles from Bistro kitchen served with your choice of Rocket coffee and TeeTotal loose leaf tea

  • Interactive session in the garden

  • Light lunch - gourmet wood fired pizzas and salads shared in our rustic barn. Includes glass of house wine, house beer or home made soda

  • Take Home notes

What to bring:

Gum boots or suitable footwear and raincoat in case of inclement weather


Want to stay overnight? Why not book some of our stunning accomodation and experience the Falls Retreat HERE.

Can’t make this date? Contact us to register your interest!

We are located in the Karangahake Gorge, find us HERE