Build an Edible Garden Course
Learn to create healthy soil and efficiently grow your own delicious veggies.
Come and find out how to improve your soil, creating nutrient rich soil perfect for growing vegetables. Over the two days we’ll cover a mix of practical and theory culminating in building an efficient food produce keyhole garden from scratch.
What you will learn
This course will cover everything you need to know to start growing, whether it’s in your garden, community centre, school playground or office carpark. You’ll explore how to design and build garden beds that reduce the amount of watering required and are great for sites with poor soil.
Through a mixture of practical and theory we’ll cover what a keyhole garden is, why they were first made and their benefits. We’ll then construct a keyhole garden together from scratch, using readily available materials. Once the construction is complete, we’ll explore what you could grow in a keyhole garden, from pumpkins to parsley and edible flowers.
Located in the spectacular foothills of Snowdonia and with thriving gardens and woodland, you’ll also get the chance to see a healthy ecosystem in play whilst learning how to create one in your own green space or community. Over the course of the weekend you’ll gain a good understanding of soil quality, compost and drainage that will be transferable to many gardening ventures, leaving you ready to get growing!
Meet your tutor
Ben is the Horticultural Trainer for the Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Growing the Future is a five-year project that works to champion Welsh horticulture, plants for pollinators, the protection of wildlife and the virtues of growing plants for food, fun, health and well-being. Having initially trained as an apprentice at the National Botanic Garden, Ben’s vision is to get more people into growing, and inspire the next generation of horticulturists.
Course at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Booking is essential. £200-£220 which includes full board accommodation at the Centre. To book, please visit the Centre’s website.
One space on this course will be fully subsidised and candidates can apply to the Growing the Future Project by referral letter from a GP or registered charity to firstname.lastname@example.org. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis – does not include accommodation.
Course delivered by the Growing the Future project.
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.