Practical Gardening: An Introduction

Ref: C2420865

Gardening is a generous life skill, which gives much more than it asks! join us in a lovely community garden, to explore how the feelgood scent and colour of plants can enhance your well being. We will be planting a selection of easy to care for plants in the plot, and in pots, as well as learning how all of us, no matter how small our space, can enjoy home grown vegetables and herbs. We will explore how we can encourage wildlife in to the garden from what we grow - with insect friendly plants. Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to gain more confidence in gardening, we will explore a variety of garden spaces and learn what grows well, where.

Course aim

This course will take place in a community garden, you will be introduced to garden skills with the emphasis on how our health, well being, and confidence through a range of practical skills.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand how to use a variety of specialist gardening tools correctly and safely
  • Identify the right plant for the right place
  • Demonstrate planting techniques which are appropriate to growing in the ground, in raised beds, in containers and hanging baskets
  • Identify plant characteristics which,for example, can enhance our feeling of well being, or which are beneficial to insects
  • Demonstrate skills to grow a range of vegetables - in the plot and in a pot

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

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

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 ensure you wear suitable clothes for this practical course. You must not wear sandals or open toed shoes. As this course is taking place in the summer, you should protect yourself from the sun by wearing a sun hat and use sun cream.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Practical Gardening: An Introduction


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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