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Grow Your Own – Secrets of the Soil – Theory

Grow Your Own - Secrets of the Soil - Theory


10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Bookings closed

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It is time to get going and Grow Your Own delicious, nutritious veg in 2020. 

Our Grow Your Own programme is a series of nine short courses providing all the basic knowledge required to get growing at home. Our focus is food growing whilst being mindful of nature.

soilThe soil, beneath our feet, is much overlooked when it comes to starting your own food garden. Understanding our soil and feeding it properly is vital to  growing healthy plants and harvesting delicious produce.

This course will cover all the essential information about soil and its management. It will explore how to assess a soil to know how to manage it, various ways the soil can be fed and methods of cultivating it.

The first day of the course and will be classroom-based theory. The second day (on Sunday 8th March 2020) will be fully practical, when you’ll be able to test a soil sample from home and carry out some soil cultivation outdoors. 

This course will equip you with the fundamental techniques of caring for your soil:

  • Theory (1st session) – Texture, pH, nutrients, organic matter, types of cultivation
  • Practical (2nd session) – Texture test of your own soil, cultivation demos and practise 
  • Hands on, practical demonstrations
  • Suitable for growers of all levels

Please note: This course will involve outdoor demonstrations. Please come prepared for working in wet and cold weather. All tools and working gloves will be provided.

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Tutor: Malcolm Berry ‘The Dreaded Gardener’

Led by experienced grower, Malcolm Berry. Malcolm Berry has been in professional horticulture for more than 20 years, working mostly with fruit and vegetables, including seven years in the double-walled garden at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. He has delivered courses for the Royal Horticultural Society and ‘Growing the Future/Tyfu Pobl’, amongst others, and has been teaching courses at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre for seven years.  He has a particular interest in polyculture and the encouragement of biodiversity, and had an article published on the subject in the RSPB magazine.

The course is suitable for anyone aged 16 or over.

Workshop Fee: £35 for one session and £60 for both Secrets of the Soil sessions

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Please bring a packed lunch on the day. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided. 

This is one in a series of Grow Your Own courses at Denmark Farm in 2020. The full list includes: Pruning Fruit Trees In Winter, Secrets of the Soil Theory & Practical, Sowing Vegetables Under Cover, Sowing Vegetables Outdoors, Planting Out Vegetables, The Summer Greenhouse / Polytunnel, The Winter Greenhouse / Polytunnel and Compost Corner.  

You may also be interested in our other courses and events at Denmark Farm, including Willow Cultivation & Management, Traditional Hedge-laying, ecology, conservation and countryside crafts. See our events page for the full list.

If you’d like to turn it into a mini break and stay at Denmark Farm, please enquire about availability in our self-contained Eco Lodge or Shared Dormitory.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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