TAFE Horticulture Students visit the NGT Community Nursery

TAFE Horticulture Students visit the NGT Community Nursery

Last Wednesday 6 students completing Certificate 2 & 3 in Horticulture at Mount Gambier TAFE came down with their tutor, Joley Didwell, to find out what the Cross-border Community Nursery Project was all about.

Explaining propagation methods used in the nursery

All the students had just completed a Unit in collecting, processing, and storing native seed, so it was a good opportunity for them to see how we go about doing this in the nursery.¬† Students were taken through the process we use for collecting, labelling, cleaning and storing seed. I also explained how we go about doing the ‘cut seed’ ¬†test to assess seed viability and the various methods, like smoke water, that are used to improve ¬†germination in some species.

Horticulture Student, Russel, using our microscope to assess seed viability

Following this visit, several students have expressed an interest in participating in propagation trials at the Community Nursery.

If you would like to check out our nursery, give me a call and we can arrange a time for you to come in and have a look around. Alternatively you can come along to the launch of the Friends of the Cross-Border Nursery Group on the 18th of December.

We hope to see you there!

Ken Baker