A cosy cottage for couples or families to enjoy the farm
Overview of permaculture and forest gardening principles: key differences to 'traditional' gardening techniques; how we have used them at HbN; discussion of how to use them to suit you and your needs; maximising productivity while minimising labour; maintaining a healthy soil; encouraging wildlife.
Tour around the kitchen garden to demonstrate these principles in action & in development. Have a look at the plants we are using: discuss their uses, cultivation, needs, and even plant some yourself! Hands-on experience of building a healthy soil, plant care or cultivation.
Enjoy a delicious home-made lunch including, depending on the season, produce from the garden.
Using what we have learned in the morning session, Beca will show you how to design a Forest garden to suit your needs. You will need to bring the rough dimensions and aspect of the area you would like to use. If you don’t yet have an area, we can design an ideal. You will produce a scale plan to take home with you.
Discuss & take a closer look at some more plants; their uses & needs according to what you would like in your own garden, finding the best place for them in your design and drawing up a 'wish list' for you to make a start as soon as you get home. Beca will also show you how to obtain & cultivate these plants so you don’t have to spend a fortune on plants, with guidance on stratification & sowing of seeds; pruning; taking cuttings & rootstocks/grafting.
We’ll finish the day with a cup of tea, some well deserved treats and the opportunity to ask any further questions.
This course will give you a solid introduction to edible gardening and will show you how to design and plant your own edible garden.
You will learn the basic principles of forest gardening and permaculture, how our garden was designed and realised, and how to apply these ideas to your own garden.
The course will cover:
Bring warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, gardening gloves and wellies.
If you would like to create a design for your garden, or an area within it, please bring the dimensions, otherwise you will work on an ‘ideal’.
This course is suitable for complete beginners to the more experienced gardeners looking to learn more about Forest Gardening and Permaculture principles.
A really interesting day...food for thought!
Lovely day learning so much! Beca was an inspiring teacher- I came with little knowledge and am leaving with lots of ideas.
Fabulous day- Beca was amazing and imparted a wealth of knowledge. The food was also spectacular. Will definitely be back with my sister.