Grow Your Own
05 January 2017 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
The course starts on Thursday
5 January (9.30-12noon) 6
weekly sessions (No teaching Thursday 9th February due to RHS
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
£65 (£60 Friends of Ness Gardens
& University of Liverpool Staff)
Do I need to book a
Yes - Please contact 0151 7956300 or book at the Gardens
Admissions desk on your next visit.
Bulley Room & the Garden
For tickets call 0845 0304063