Kitchen Gardening Course

Written by Caroline Aitken on . Posted in Permaculture Courses

Date(s) - Saturday 19th June 2021 - Sunday 20th June 2021

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A seasonal weekend course on creating and managing a successful and abundant food garden. The course will include hands-on practical sessions and all the theory you need to make your kitchen garden grow and keep your larder full. From crop planning to soil care, pest control to storing produce, this course will show you environmentally friendly and sustainable approaches to growing your own food. The course will give you time saving and energy saving tips and inspire you to create a garden that works in harmony with nature.

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


These courses are suitable for people who have some experience of gardening, who wish to be successful kitchen gardeners and for people interested in learning more about permaculture methods of growing produce.


  • Notebook and pen
  • Camera
  • 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

Caroline Aitken permaculture gardening courseABOUT 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

2 Days
Tutor: Caroline Aitken
Teas/coffees included

To book or enquire about this course go to The Sustainability Centre website.

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