This course introduces the principles and practices of organic and wildlife gardening and aims to provide students with the knowledge necessary to put successfully into practice organic, sustainable and ecologically friendly growing methods in their own gardens.
Additional information about this course
Learn more about how to garden in harmony with the natural environment.
This course will develop the students' knowledge of organic, sustainable and ecologically friendly growing methods.
Who is the course for?
What topics will this course cover
The course will explain how to improve the productivity and appearance of your garden by improving your understanding of: the basis of organic growing; managing and cultivating the soil; making and using garden compost, controlling pests and diseases and enhancing the ecology of the garden for native wildlife. It will also highlight the benefits to health and well-being of gardening.
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
By the end of the course students will be able to: Describe the underlying organic principles and practical management and cultivation of soils Describe the processes of crop rotation and plant nutrition Describe the processes that may be used to protect crops from pests and diseases Describe methods for attracting wildlife into the garden Appreciate the benefits of gardening to health and well-being
How will I know I'm making progress?
The classroom atmosphere will be such that all learners will feel able to ask questions and make comments to check their understanding at any time. In addition to this use is made of questioning, both open and directed, to check learning. There is no formal assessment
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Reading and information sources
Current gardening magazines The Garden Expert set of book by Dr Hessayon Websites including: RHS and Garden Organic If desired
What could the course lead to?
Attendance at further courses in this series. An improvement in gardening skills. The ability to better understand gardening books and magazines.