Gardening

Ref: C3671567

A gardening workshop session to develop a range of gardening skills and knowledge about growing food, flowers, and wildlife gardening. You will learn about the propagation of plants from seed and cuttings, how to care and grow on your plants to maturity, and how to prepare ground for planting, and maintain a garden. We will also look at designing, planning, and creating a new sensory garden for the centre, to create a haven for wildlife as well as people. The sensory garden will explore how we can create features in the garden to create an interesting and dynamic space, with areas for tranquillity as well as for more stimulating experiences. Each week will have a topical theme, so you can learn with the seasons about what to do in the garden. We will be using containers and planters as well as working with garden areas, to grow herbs, vegetables, some fruit, and how to use perennial plants and shrubs for beds and borders.

Course aim

Gardening Workshop session to develop gardening skills and learn how to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers, in containers and in the garden. Help to plan and create a sensory garden.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Use a range of up to to 6 garden hand tools safely for appropriate gardening tasks, so you can prepare an area for planting; weed an area; plant-out and water in a group of plants.
  • Develop your knowledge about a particular type of garden plant(s), so you can confidently explain how to propagate, grow on and plant out, as well as explaining the aftercare needed for that plant(s)
  • Work with a small group to plan and create a feature for the garden, and give feedback about the experience.
  • Explain how to grow some selected edibles ( vegetables, fruit or herbs ) so you can give a timeline for their production and harvest periods, and explain the growing conditions required,
  • Observe and identify attributes of the garden, to give reflections on the positive aspects of the garden, and to identify appropriate care and maintenance tasks such as weeding, watering, pruning, and supporting of plants,

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

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 group file will be kept to record tasks and projects, and for photos. All learners will be invited to contribute.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Please come prepared for working outside. There will be some under cover space to use, but for all gardening work you will need either work clothes or an overall or apron. Stout footwear is recommended.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Gardening Course Outline

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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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