£240 for both weekends (non-residential)
Tutor: Caroline Aitken
ABOUT THE COURSE
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 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?
The course is 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 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.
"Caroline is an excellent teacher. I really enjoyed the course. I am looking forward to putting what we have learnt into practice in my garden."