Date(s) - Saturday 19th June 2021 - Sunday 20th June 2021
ABOUT THE COURSE
The June course will cover: seasons in the gardener’s year, jobs to do in summer and autumn, what to grow – advice on how to choose annual and perennial vegetables to cultivate, how to plan your mixed vegetable crop (to maximise space, deter pests, minimise weeding and watering), Forest Gardening, pest management, growing fruit trees (understanding rootstocks and fertilisation), making plant feed, guidance on how to store and preserve produce and energy saving tips for harvesting.
The Course Will Give You
A permaculture perspective on kitchen gardening, including:
- Knowledge of how to plan food crops and which jobs to do in each season
- Understanding of how to care for soil and create good compost
- Methods for deterring pests and minimising the need to weed and water
- Information on growing fruits trees and storing produce.
- An understanding of the principles of no-dig gardening, polycultures and perennials and hands-on experience of the methods involved
WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
- Notebook and pen
- Clothing suitable for doing practical activities outdoors – sturdy footwear, warm layers, waterproofs and sun protection
- A packed lunch, or lunch can be purchased from the Beech Cafe
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Caroline is the lead teacher, design consultant and director of Whitefield Permaculture. She co-authored the book Food from your Forest Garden with Martin Crawford and has a background in design, organic food growing and horticulture and used to work as an eco-cook.
Caroline’s experience includes managing 2 acres of intensive organic vegetable production, managing 5 acres of ornamental and food gardens at a meditation retreat centre, and catering for groups, courses and retreats. She now teaches at venues around the country including Schumacher College, Shift Bristol, The Sustainability Centre and Ragmans Farm.
Caroline lives on a 4 acre smallholding on Dartmoor with her family where they produce vegetables, fruit, eggs, honey and firewood.
09:30 – 17:30
Tutor: Caroline Aitken