Course – Grow Veg No Dig 23rd May, fully booked

May 23 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm  £170

I explain and illustrate the principles of no-dig so you can see how to create a productive garden yourself, even when a beginner. Weeds are often a major problem but clever mulching allows your plot to stay clear of them, including couch grass and bindweed. This saves time, reduces slug damage and makes everything more enjoyable.

Experienced gardeners learn many time-saving methods and see ways to increase the growth and health of their plants.

The day includes a lunch of many vegetable dishes, created by my partner Stephanie Hafferty. She has written a recipe book which is in the shop here, along with my books and the wall calendar.

I use Homeacres garden to illustrate the joys of no dig growing and how abundant it can be. In wet weather we spend just a little less time outside, plus  we see a lot in the greenhouse and polytunnel.

Part of the course is about compost making, using the examples of my composting process here. Which ingredients are good to use, in what proportions, how big a heap to have, whether it needs to get hot, how long to leave it and whether turning is worthwhile. Then a look at assessing the readiness of compost, when to spread it and how to deal with the weed seeds.

In addition we look at other types of compost and the best ones to buy, plus how long you may or may not need to keep them in a heap before spreading.

I explain the details of surface composting to feed both soil and plants for a whole year, in one dressing and with no other plant feeds needed.

Finally we look at propagation and I show you composts, module trays, sowing methods and suggest timings. We are approaching a good time to sow swedes, outdoor cucumbers, and more beetroot and carrots.

For more details on what is covered please see my Courses page.

The price includes VAT.

More Details
Date:
23 May 2020
Time:
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
£170
Venue:
Homeacres
Alhampton
Shepton Mallet
BA4 6PZ