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Growing the Future Newsletter – February 20

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Alphabet Veg

On Thursday, February 21st, join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien, for an Alphabet Veg course.

Write up your recipes for the veg plot and create your sowing and growing calendar menu.

Identify single and multi-croppers and see where to place them in your plan.  Practice sowing in the polytunnel and planting out.

Add flavour to your plot with herbs. Identify annuals and perennials and learn how to grow from seed and plug plants.

Finish the day with a visit to the wiggly wormeries and see how easy it is to make food for the garden from kitchen waste.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £33 (£30 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

FREE* Potato Planting Short Courses – February Half Term

Focusing on the history and versatility of the amazing potato plant, looking at different varieties and how they can be planted to produce an abundant crop for you to enjoy at home.  Learn how to grow a variety of potatoes in various containers and pots on this free* short course.  Take away some seed potatoes at the end of the course to plant at home.

The course will cover:

  • Potato varieties, and the preparation of seed potatoes.
  • Differences between earlies, second earlies and main crop potatoes.
  • Soil requirements.
  • Containers that can be used to grow potatoes in.
  • Harvesting your potatoes.

45 minute courses at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm on Sunday February 24thWednesday February 27th and Friday March 1st – suitable for all ages.  Booking is essential.  To book, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

Courses are part of the Garden’s February Half Term Activities for All – activities for adults, children and families – and delivered by the Growing the Future project.

*Please note that courses do not include Garden entry.  For more information on admission prices, please visit here.

 

RHS Flower Show Cardiff

It was a pleasure to welcome the RHS to the Garden yesterday to film a piece on our RHS Cardiff Flower Show feature garden, Gardd Lles!

Gardd Lles (Welsh for ‘Well-being Garden’) will focus on how gardening and gardens can have a positive impact on our physical and mental health and well-being.

Come and say hello at the Show which is on from Friday April 12th-Sunday April 14th.

 

‘Taking the Plunge’

On Thursday, February 28th, join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien, for a Taking the Plunge course.

Bring a reflective and soothing element to your space with an effortless and sustainable approach.

Learn how to create a water garden in an old container fit to re-purpose. Identify tools and materials for the task and prepare to construct.

Follow a simple guide to plant choice. and practice planting up to arrange a scheme.

Take-away tips to maintain a healthy pool for wildlife visitors.

Booking is essential.  10am-1pm.  £30 (£27 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Planting Design: Next Steps

On Saturday, February 16th, join our guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Planting Design: Next Steps course.

Following on from our ‘Planting Design for Beginners’ course, this course will look at planting plans, measuring and scale drawing, as well as looking at elements of design within the Garden and discussing how these could be implemented in your own growing space.

To get the most from this course, it would be useful, though not essential, to have attended the beginners course.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £40 (£36 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

No-Dig Gardening: A Practical Introduction

On Wednesday, March 20th, join guest horticultural trainer, Mark Sheppard, for a one-day introductory course on the benefits of no-dig gardening.

Growing amazing food shouldn’t be backbreaking work. This fascinating course will teach you why changing to a no-dig system will not only save your back but also increase biodiversity, reduce CO2, improve soil structure while producing wonderful, healthy organic fruit and vegetables.

Booking is essential.  10am-4pm.  £40 (£36 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.

 

Waste in the Garden Recycled: For Urban Spots and Country Plots

On Thursday, March 14th, join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien, for a Waste in the Garden Recycled course.

Learn how to make compost with ease and feed your soil with ‘food’ from garden waste and kitchen scraps.

Explore the range of clean and small scale composting systems in the garden to include wormeries and a food digestion compost cone. See how they work.

Discuss why composting matters, how to harvest and where to use. Take away tips to troubleshoot and sustain a healthy pile.

Booking is essential.  10am-1pm.  £30 (£27 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

 

Raised Beds

On Saturday, March 16th, join guest horticultural trainer, Neil Barry, for a Raised Beds course.

Learn how to build a raised bed to grow edible or ornamental plants.  For those with limited mobility, raised beds are easier to access and maintain.

In a restricted area, or on a hard surface, they enable you to grow more plants.  The course will cover materials needed, construction and planting.

Booking is essential.  10am-2pm.  £40 (£36 Concessions & Garden Members).  For more information, including how to book, please call 01558 667150, email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk or visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page.