Gardening for Health

Ref: C3126079

The course will be run in two four week blocks (April 19th- 10th May- June 14th to July 5th). Tutor input on basic know-how, practical activities and planning to plant a site using organic methods to encourage wildlife, growing a variety of edible plants.Production of a drawn and labelled growing plan a journal on basic methods/ pitfalls. Carrying out a site assessment, use of basic equipment, crop rotation, types of seeds, tubers and young plants, micro-climates, sequential planting, care and cultivation, inter-cropping, weeding, feeding,watering and composting. We will make an assessment of progress and achievement along the way, plan for further sowing, planting for autumn and winter, making, an insect box for winter. Planning for the rest of the year and making a planting calendar for 2019, with a list of essential tasks for each season. We will talk about why gardening and eating healthy food is beneficial for both physical and mental well-being.

Course aim

The course aims to enable horticultural beginners to plan, prepare and plant vegetable and flower seeds this season, cultivate them and create an organic insect friendly growing space of their own.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Improved understanding of some of the important basics of assessing growing conditions and creating a drawn and labelled plan to grow vegetables and companion plants in 2018. Keep a record of the benefits to physical and mental health and well-being.
  • Keep a detailed record of planning and preparing a site, with details of lessons learned and modifications made to include a variety of edible plants such as herbs, root vegetables, legumes, brassicas and herbs. Keeping a harvesting record.
  • Competence in class tasks and keeping evidence from photos of their work on-site onmade progress in starting and raising plants from seeds and tubers successfully and creating growing conditions where they can thrive.
  • Notes and practical work in class, to show improved understanding of organic gardening methods and benefits of encouraging wildlife. Record and identify the wildlife at their site eg types of butterflies, bees,birds, pests and predators.
  • Improved their understanding of the annual gardening cycle with evidence, making an insect house and a follow-on plan for 2019. Making an assessment of the benefits of gardening to their health and well-being.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • The course is based around helping the student make their own garden, however small and keeping a record during the course. This will be fun, good for health adn tasty!

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • The learning 'file' will be in the form of an informal journal.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please provide a sketch book or journal to notes, plans and insert photos and cuttings throughout the course. This should be at least A4 size or A3 (bigger) if preferred.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • If you have specific interests within the topic, let the tutor know so that they can be included eg growing fruit.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • This is an opportunity to develop a healthier lifestyle and an interesting pastime for yourself and your family.

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Gardening for Health


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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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