Date(s) - 18 Aug 2021
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Always wanted to grow your own vegetables and fruit but don’t know where to start? This 4 part course will equip you with all the skills you need to develop your own delicious edible kitchen garden, whilst encouraging the wildlife around you.
Sessions are held monthly to provide help and advice on the essential jobs that need doing in your garden throughout the seasons. With a mixture of outdoor classroom and garden sessions, this course will give you the confidence to have a go at planning & setting up your own wildlife-friendly kitchen garden.
Topics covered over the course of the eight sessions, will include:
- Assessing a site
- How to lay out beds and other growing spaces
- Using vertical space & layers
- Soil assessment & management
- Sowing & raising seeds
- Vegetable planting and aftercare
- Composting, leaf mould & potting mixes
- Making & using ‘compost’ teas
- Pollinator & other wildlife-friendly plants
- Selecting & planting fruit
- Winter crops
- Salad crops
- Perennial vegetables & self seeders
- Healthcare / personal care products and teas – ways to diversity & benefit from your kitchen garden
When: One Wednesday per month, starting August 2021 for 4 months.
Autumn programme: 18 August, 8 September, 13 October, 17 November (focus on fruit & over wintering crops).
Session time will be divided between a Covid compliant outdoor classroom (covered space), the greenhouse, vegetable garden & other cropping areas, depending on the tasks required and weather. Please come suitably dressed to spend time sitting and working outdoors whatever the weather.
Suitable for complete beginners and those wanting to gain confidence in planning & managing a sustainable kitchen vegetable and fruit garden.
Tutor: Led by experienced permaculture, gardening & wildlife educator, Angie Polkey. Angie’s background in ecology and conservation helps her understand – and teach – the natural principles, patterns and processes that underpin sustainable and wildlife friendly gardening. With her husband, she cares for a small acreage in west Wales with several forest gardens, vegetable beds, a polytunnel & greenhouse, wildlife habitats, and hard-working chickens! After a long career with conservation organisations such as the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Learning through Landscapes, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre and PONT Cymru, Angie now works as a freelance educator & advisor.
NB. COVID-19: This workshop will take place with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place.
- There will be a smaller number of participants than usual, to allow for at least 2m between all participants
- Please come prepared to work outdoors, with plenty of warm & waterproof clothing
- If the weather forecast is very bad we will potentially reschdule but light rain won’t stop us!
- Please also bring all of your own drinks, food, flask and cups etc. We can boil a kettle to top up your flasks at lunchtime.
- There will be access to toilets and hand washing plus plenty of hand sanitiser available
Numbers & Fees: With a maximum group size of 6 (for COVID compliant spacing), the sessions are participative and largely informal. Where applicable, links will be supplied to resources that support the core course content.
Fees are as follows:
Per individual session: £30 per person (available one week before the course if spaces available)
In order to encourage and support you to attend more sessions and build upon your learning we are offering this event firstly as a course of 4 sessions.
Autumn programme (4 sessions): £100
You may also be interested in our other courses and events at Denmark Farm, including, Discovering Trees in Summer, Roundwood Timber Framing, Willow Weaving ~ Irish Potato Scib, ecology, conservation and countryside crafts. See our events page for the full list.
We would like to thank The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust for their generous support, without which this project could not happen.