Sat 18th - Sun 19th Mar and/or Sat 3rd - Sun 4th Jun 2017
09:30 - 17:30
One weekend £135, both weekends £240 (non-residential)
Tutor: Caroline Aitken
ABOUT THE COURSE
Two seasonal weekend courses on creating and managing a successful and abundant food garden. The courses 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, these courses will show you environmentally friendly and sustainable approaches to growing your own food. The courses will give you time saving and energy saving tips and inspire you to create a garden that works in harmony with nature.
The March course will cover: seasons in the gardener’s year, crop planning, jobs to do in winter and spring, permaculture methods which will help you create a more productive garden, soil care, testing and profiling, different kinds of composting and mulching, no-dig methods, crop planning to produce food all year round and how to observe and work with the different microclimates in your garden.
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 PARTICIPANTS
A permaculture perspective on kitchen gardening, including:
WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
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.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Caroline is the lead teacher, design consultant and director of Patrick Whitefield Associates, a permaculture design consultancy, set up by respected permaculture teacher and author, Patrick Whitefield. Caroline originally trained with Patrick before working along side him for eight years, 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. Caroline has taught with other well-respected permaculture teachers both in Britain and Europe and runs permaculture courses around the country.
"...I feel blessed to be taught by such a wonderful, lovely person! I was really impressed with Caroline's teaching style; she is extremely patient and can explain things very clearly, using a range of tools and techniques that make complex subjects clearer and more interesting."