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Grow Your Own

Thursday 11 January 2018 09:30

Interested in growing your own vegetables and fruit?  Don't know where to start or what to grow?  Join us for a comprehensive guide to getting the best produce out of your garden large or small.

There are no formal entry requirements; all you need is an interest in plants and gardening. 

The course starts on Thursday 11th January (9.30-12noon) 6 weekly sessions


Course Overview

The course is taught through talks; demonstrations and a range of activities both in the classroom and out in the gardens (weather permitting).  Please come dressed in suitable clothing for the weather, i.e. waterproof jackets and wear suitable shoes) and bring pen and paper.

Week 1 - Sites & choosing what to grow. Understand the factors to be considered when selecting a site for growing fruit and vegetables outdoors and the use of containers.  Decide what you wish to grow including issues such as disease resistance and pollination compatibly.

Week 2 - Essential Techniques.  How to prepare your soil, the use of bed systems, intercropping, successional cropping and ways in which you can advance or extend the season.

Week 3 - Crop Planning.  Understanding crop rotational systems and how to plan what and where you are going to grow.

Week 4 - Cultivation including seed sowing, watering, pest/disease control and ongoing soil care.

Week 5 - Fruit - Choosing what sort of fruit you wish to grow and the cultivation of common soft fruits such as strawberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries and raspberries.

Week 6 - Fruit/Harvesting & Storage.  Cultivation of common top fruits such as apples, pears and plums including pruning.  How to harvest and store produce including the causes of deterioration in stored fruit and vegetables.


Who is it suitable for?


What does it cost?

£65 (£60 Friends of Ness Gardens)

Do I need to book a place 

Yes - Please contact 0151 7956300 or book at the Gardens Admissions desk on your next visit.


Venue Details

Bulley Room & the Garden