Virtual Courses

Here, you’ll find a variety of online video courses that will help you get gardening and growing!

We’re thrilled to be working with Adam yn yr Ardd (Adam in the Garden) to create a series of videos that will give you advice on a wide range of topics, from sowing seeds to creating a wild garden.

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a sweet treat best enjoyed with a cup of tea, and baking them is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

In this video, Rebecca from Arty Cooks teaches you how to make tasty carrot cupcakes.

Recipe available here.

Pruning Made Easy

Knowing how to prune correctly is an essential skill to have in the garden, with a variety of methods that can be used.

Pruning is reducing growth around a plant, including dead branches and stems, to encourage fresh and healthy growth in the new growing season.

In this video, Adam shows you how to prune a variety of plants in the garden, including the tools required.

Mulching and No-dig

There are a number of advantages of using the no-dig method in your garden. These include less time spent on weeding, water retention and the ability to grow more vegetables and plants in a small area.

Mulching is an easy and cost-effective way of adding nutrients to your garden.

In this video, Adam looks at the benefits of mulching and the no-dig method.

How to Plant Spring Bulbs

The advantages of planting spring bulbs are endless, they bring colour to the garden following the dark, long winter months and they provide a vital early food source for our pollinating insects.

There are a wide range of bulbs available, with one to suit every garden. Spring bulbs are also very low-maintenance and easy to grow.

In this video, Adam shows us how to plant daffodil bulbs.

How to Store Home-grown Vegetables

There’s nothing quite like eating your own fresh, home-grown vegetables over the winter months.

To live a more self-sufficient lifestyle, it’s vitally important to know how to correctly store your home-grown vegetables.

In this video, Adam shows us how to store a variety of vegetables over the winter, by leaving certain vegetables in the ground and storing others indoors.

How to Make Homemade Jam

A jar of homemade jam or preserve always beats one that’s been shop-bought.

The end of summer and early autumn is the best time to pick blackberries from hedgerows, and this year has been a fantastic one for them.

In this video, Adam takes us through the steps of making blackberry jam at home, including the equipment and ingredients needed.

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Wildlife ponds are very beneficial to gardens and can help you as a gardener.

There are endless advantages of having a pond within your garden, they are a haven for wildlife and provide habitats for frogs, toads and newts which can help control garden pests. They also provide an area for birds to drink and wash, providing such a variety of biodiversity in a small space.

In this video, Adam takes us through the steps on how to create a garden pond and some of the things to consider such as location, design, construction and planting.

Introducing the Autumn Series

As meteorological autumn has arrived, we’re announcing our exciting autumn series of videos with Adam yn yr Ardd!

There’s plenty to do in the garden to prepare for the winter and the new growing season, Adam will guide us through some of these tasks.

The Growing the Future Garden

The Growing the Future Garden within the National Botanic Garden of Wales exists to give you fresh ideas on how to lay out your own garden to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers – no matter how big or small your space is!

The garden is divided into beds demonstrating different styles of growing – potager, raised beds, traditional, shade-loving and wildlife-friendly.

In this video, Adam takes us on a tour of the Growing the Future Garden and chats to our Horticultural Trainer, Ben, about the project.

Growing Cut Flowers

There are many advantages of growing our own cut flowers at home, one of the main ones is to reduce our carbon footprints by lowering the demand for imported cut flowers.

Presenting a home-grown bouquet of flowers is a thoughtful gift for a special occasion and dried flower petals are a great environmentally-friendly alternative to wedding confetti!

In this video, Adam takes us through the steps of growing cut flowers at home.

Weeding your Garden

Weeding some areas of our gardens can make them tidier and show them at their very best! Simply put, weeds are plant that we did not intend to be growing where they are.

In this video, Adam shows us how to weed our gardens by recognising which plants are weeds, techniques on how to go about weeding the garden and how to control and prevent weeds from growing in the first place.

Watering Plants

Watering correctly is one of the most important things to do when growing plants.

In this video, Adam takes us through some of the do’s and don’ts of watering, how to avoid over-watering and under-watering and some techniques on how to get the best out of your plants and garden.

Gardening with Nature

Our gardens are special places where we can connect with the natural world, and gardening with nature is vitally important.

The total area of gardens in Britain is greater than the total area of all our National Nature Reserves combined – which means if we all look after our little patch with care, we can contribute to supporting biodiversity.

In this video, Adam shows us some simple steps we can all take to encourage nature to our gardens.

Planting Flower Pots

Flower pots can help add colour and brighten up any garden or outdoor space.

In this video, Adam takes us through the simple steps of planting flower pots, including tips on drainage and arranging flowers within them.

Protecting Our Plants

Gardening is such a rewarding activity that doesn’t need to harm nature.

In this video, Adam shows us how to protect our plants and crops from a variety of garden visitors, such as birds and insects, in a nature-friendly way, including a homemade organic spray, eggshells and wool.

Growing Salads: From Garden to Plate

Growing your own food can be so rewarding and salad leaves are some of the quickest and easiest crops to grow. You can avoid waste and save money by growing ‘cut-and-come-again’ crops – as you constantly cut immature leaves, more re-grow – giving you a constant supply during the season.

In this video, Adam shows you how to easily grow five different salad crops at home to enjoy over the summer.

How to Plan Your Garden

It can be difficult to know where to start when planning your garden, while maximising the space available.

In this video, Adam takes us through the simple steps of planning and designing a garden, as well as some important things to keep in mind.

Health Benefits of Gardening

Multiple studies have shown that gardening, walking, encounters with wildlife and interacting with nature can all have a positive impact on our mental and physical health and well-being.

In this video, Adam discusses how our gardens and outdoor spaces can become our sanctuaries and how best to enjoy them.

Transplanting Seedlings

Raising plants from seeds can be a rewarding and exciting way to add new varieties of plants to your garden.

After planting lavatera seeds a fortnight ago, Adam takes us through the steps of transplanting seedlings into larger containers in this video.

Garden Tools

Gardening is easier and a lot more fun when you have the right tools for the job! In this video, Adam takes you through the top five tools you need, as well as how to use them, to become a successful gardener.

How to Sow Seeds

Sowing and growing seeds is something exciting to enjoy doing in the garden!

Lavatera are easy to grow, have beautiful pink and white flowers and are great for pollinating insects, especially bees.

Introduction to Adam yn yr Ardd