Gardening: An introduction to companion planting

Ref: C3528534

This course will provide students with the skills both practical and written to be able to grow plants that compliment each other. Companion planting means that you can grow multiple plants close to each other that help to protect and feed each other. Companion planting maximises the use of the growing space and increases the yield.

Course aim

This course will provide students with the skills both practical and written to grow plants that compliment each other. Companion planting means that you can grow multiple plants that help to protect each other and feed each other, whilst maximising the use of the growing space and yield.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Selecting suitable fruit and vegetable crops to grow. Using crop rotation and successive sowing. Knowledge of the growing seasons and the opportunity to create a growing diary. Introduction to common companion plants, their uses and companion qualities. Practical and written information on how to plant a variety of different types of seeds and how to nurture them. Continuing the growing process from seedling to small plant to product ready for harvest.

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. Describe what a companion planting is and why it is so important in the growing of food 2. Describe a number of companion plants and how they work together 3. Explain what seeds need in order to germinate and grow 4. Discuss the different ways people can grow their own food using companion plants and successive sowing 5. Learn how to use basic gardening tools in a healthy and safe way

How will I know I'm making progress?

Regular group and individual feedback and discussion during each session. Students will be able to see the progression of their work over the length of the course.

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

You will need to wear practical clothing and foot-ware suitable for all weather and bring gardening gloves. Students will need to be able to use basic hand tools (trowels; hand forks; dibbers). Tools and materials provided.

Reading and information sources

None essential.

What could the course lead to?

The course will give the student the skills to be able to go on to : - work in a community garden or allotment. - go on another WEA course relating to gardening and/or horticulture - start their own garden/growing space - help others to grow food with the knowledge they have gained from the course

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Gardening: An introduction to companion planting Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Please call 0845 4582758 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

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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