Garden blogs

Growing the Future Newsletter – February 27

by

Welcome to Growing the Future‘s latest newsletter, if you’d like to receive it directly to your inbox, sign-up here.

See the full newsletter here.

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 Wednesday February 27thand 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.

 

The Sustainable Allotment Calendar

On Thursday, March 7th, join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien, for a Sustainable Allotment Calendar course.

Focus on sowing and growing in the open ground.

Help mark out lines and set out crops, tubers, sets and rhubarb stools. Cloche hardy seeds.

Select tender crops for sowing in pots, tomatoes, chillies, peppers and more. Composting matters looks at feeds for free.

Learn how to construct a liquid feed pipe from recycled materials.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Herb ‘Thyme’

On Thursday, March 21st, join Growing the Future’s Horticultural Trainer, Susan O’ Brien, for a Herb ‘Thyme’ course.

Create a sensory experience with herbs and bring an added dimension to your garden.

Identify annuals, biennials and perennials for use.  Learn how to grow from seeds, cuttings and plugs in the polytunnel.

See how to combine with existing planting and weave a tapestry for the senses throughout your space.

Take away tips on cutting for drying and other methods of preserving flavours.

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.

 

Daffodil Day – Saturday March 23rd

As Wales’ national flower, it makes perfect sense for the magnificent daffodil to be so well represented at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Since opening in 2000, the Garden has shown over 50 varieties of this showy, distinctive beauty.

But what exactly is a daffodil? The classic depiction on the lapels of proud Welsh men and women on St.David’s Day is of a large trumpeted yellow flower. But Springtime visitors to the Garden could also find varieties with more orange, pink, green or white colours than yellow. They may notice the mixture of sizes, the complex array of flower structures and if they were to lean forward and sniff, some sweet and subtle scents.

Daffodil Day will help you to understand the subtle, and not so subtle differences between our daffodils.