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Growing Edible Gardens

A practical course in growing edible gardens

Venue: Cambridge Steiner School, CB21 5DZ, Fulbourn

Dates:

Session 1:  Designing Your Edible Garden (Part 1)   

Saturday 2nd October 2021 (from 09:00 to 13:00)

Session 2:  Designing Your Edible Garden (Part 2)   

Saturday 6th November 2021 (from 09:00 to 13:00)

Session 3: Soil Health and Plant Nutrition    

4th December 2021 (from 09:00 to 13:00)

Session 4: Growing Edible Gardens (Part 1)             

Saturday  22nd January 2022 (from 09:00 to 13:00)

Session 5: Growing Edible Gardens (Part 2)               

Saturday 19th February (from 09:00 to 13:00)

 

Two to three hours of personal study after each session is strongly encouraged. For a detailed description of learning in each session please see below.

 

Cost: £240.

The cost includes access to online resources and personal support throughout the workshop sessions and into spring planting of your own edible garden.

During the course you will learn how to:

  • Design your own edible garden

  • Create a meaningful companion plant list for a polyculture garden

  • Create a planting plan

  • Create a no-dig garden bed

  • Make different types of compost for a productive garden and for nutritious and healthy food

  • Make organic fertilisers to keep your soil and plants healthy

  • Learn different strategies to keep the garden abundant throughout the growing season

The minimum number of participants to run the course is 5. Suitable from age 16. Parental consent is required for minors.

To book a place on the course please contact Andor at vinceandor@outlook.com or call on

079 52635317.

 

Sessions 1&2: Design Your Edible Garden

In these two sessions you will learn a simple and practical way of designing your own edible garden. You will learn to draw a scaled plan of your garden area and to create an edible garden design. You will collate a plant list for a polyculture garden, taking into consideration the principles of companion planting.

Besides designing your garden, you will learn how to create a no-dig vegetable garden bed for spring planting and how to use green manures to improve your garden soil. 

 

Session 3: Soil Health and Plant Nutrition

The success of growing healthy organic vegetables, herbs and fruits very much depends on the quality and health of the soil. In this session you will learn different techniques of examining garden soil. Accordingly, you will draw conclusions about soil properties and what it needs to provide balanced nutrition for garden plants. You will learn how to make different types of organic composts and fertilisers, including low-maintenance vermicompost.

Sessions 4&5: Growing Edible Gardens

In these two sessions you will learn how to create an easy maintenance edible garden with vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers. You will create a sowing timeline and draw a planting plan for your edible garden. Explore different ways to maintain the succession of plants in the garden and learn about interplanting and multi sowing to keep the garden abundant throughout the growing season. You will learn how to make your own sowing and potting compost. You will propagate plants indoors and outdoors and learn how to raise healthy seedlings for planting out.   

 

During these two sessions, we will discuss the importance of growing healthy vegetables and fruit produce for good gut health.

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