Spring Workshops 2016

Preparing a bed for seed sowing - team dayMany of you may well have attended some of our workshops already this year. From hedgelaying and coppicing to building a green roof, sowing long season veg and pruning top and soft fruit, our adult education programme is well under way already.

As we move into spring proper we have more training sessions lined up for you, continuing the themes of Propagation, Food Growing, and Gardening for Wildlife.

Education is at the heart of what we do at the Greenhouses and forms a key part of our commitment to you, our volunteers and visitors. Gardening is a practical skill, informed by understanding the processes of nature that we need to work with to get the most from our plants and gardens. The best way to learn about it is to give it a go and all our workshops are a blend of theory and practice, making sure you understand why you are doing something, before putting it into action.

This month we will be concentrating on seed sowing [March 12th & 24th], both indoors and outdoors for our Propagation and Food Growing series. Getting a good start to the season is crucial for a productive harvest and now is the time to be getting going. We will be sowing indoors and out and discussing the various requirements of different plants raised from seed including veg, herbs and ornamentals.

The Wildlife Gardening workshop will be all about building a pond [March 13th]. Ponds are incredibly valuable habitat for all kinds of flora and fauna and can make a beautiful addition, even in a small garden. They can be a daunting prospect to construct however and this workshop will help outline some simple guidelines, as well as discussing why ponds are so important. Topics covered will also include where to site a pond, choices of liner, designing and digging an appropriate shape, and propagation and planting. To come along to this workshop, please signup using this link.

In April our food growing focus will be on ensuring a steady and even supply of vegetables through catch-cropping and successional sowings. There will also be an opportunity to learn about taking softwood cuttings to expand your stock, and in the Wildlife gardening we will be planting native trees and hedgerow and making a ‘dead hedge’.

If you would like to come along to any of our workshops, please signup using the website. All workshops are free, but spaces will be limited on a first come first served basis.

 

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