09 January 2014 09:30
The course looks at the
principles of organic gardening and considers how these ideas can
be applied in practice to gardens large or small. With a
little understanding of the natural cycles that happen in every
garden, you can have a successful and attractive garden without any
chemicals, care for the environment and cut your carbon
There are no formal entry requirements; all you need is an
interest in plants and gardening.
The course starts on Thursday 9th January
6 weekly sessions
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 - Understand what organic actually means, its underlying
principles and the history of organic movement. Explore the issues
that underpin organic guidelines and how they can be applied to
your gardening practices.
Week 2 - Organic soil care; understand how your soil works as an
ecosystem, how to compost and mulch, and the use of green manures,
crop rotations and no dig systems.
Week 3 - Learn how organic principles are applied to plant
propagation, and growing in containers including how to make your
own composts and fertilisers.
Week 4 - Garden and plant health; ways of maintain a healthy
garden and effective non chemical approaches to pest and disease
Week 5 - Weeds; identification of common weeds, their benefits
and simple ways of maintaining a weed free garden without
Week 6 - Explore the impacts of water, timber and energy use in
the garden and how you can minimise these.
What does it cost?
£55 (£45 Friends of Ness Gardens)
Do I need to book a place
Yes - Please contact 0845 0304063 or book at the Gardens
Admissions desk on your next visit.
Conference Room & in the Gardens
For tickets call 0845 0304063