Summer in the Garden

Ref: C2522962

This course is for those wishing to learn how to prepare the garden for the change in season. We will begin with basic gardening skills, such as weeding, digging and potting. We will learn how to plan for the season ahead and how to harvest summer plants and vegetable crops.

Course aim

To introduce students to the skills needed for spring into summer gardening. Students will learn planting and potting techniques and how to plan and grow plants for the season ahead.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for all, though you will need to be moderately physically fit as we will be working outside. Students should be registered with WHIST and Women only.

What topics will this course cover

1. How to create a herb patch. 2. Identify plants that need to be pruned in the summer and prune them. 3. Plan and plant vegetables in our productive growing bed 4. Begin to sow seeds for the summer season. 5. Plan an off site visit to a local garden centre

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:

1. Demonstrate at least 2 digging processes e.g. hand digging, forking over 2. Sow at least 3 different types of seeds correctly. 3. Identify at least three current plants in the garden which need to be summer pruned. 4. Review the pots and planters available and create a planting scheme for them. 5. Choose at least 2 suitable plants to buy for the WHIST garden during an off-site visit to a garden centre.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Throughout the session, students will receive ongoing feedback. At the end of the session they will be encouraged to talk about how they found the lesson, if they have encountered problems then these will be discussed with them. Hopefully we will photograph our progress on the garden as a record of achievement.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

As we will be working in the garden, students should wear old clothes and suitable stout footwear. They could bring their own garden gloves, if they have them.

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What could the course lead to?

Further study with WEA or the local FE College.

Download full course outline

Summer in the Garden Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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