Gardening: Practical Gardening

Ref: C2421108

Over the 5 weeks we will explore the different areas in the garden and how we can enjoy our outdoor spaces now, as well as preparing for the coming seasons. We will also be looking at growing in containers, such as hanging baskets and window boxes over the autumn and winter as an important way to bring feelgood scent and colour to our homes on gloomy days. This will include learning 'lasagne' planting of bulbs in containers for prolonged spring colour, as well as learning to plant bulbs for a riot of spring colour in our garden borders. Exploring how we can all help our insects and birds over winter, and create wildlife friendly spaces in the garden, and looking at how to maintain our garden plants in the autumn and winter, so we get the best from them in the spring and summer seasons to follow.

Course aim

Our practical gardening club will help all to learn what we can do now in the garden to include planting borders and pots with bulbs for exciting spring colour, and what we as gardeners can do to help our wildlife through the winter months.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • use a variety of techniques to plant a container for prolonged spring colour
  • choose suitable plants for a container to give autumn / winter interest
  • understand what jobs to do now in the garden for benefits in the coming seasons
  • Understand what to plant to promote wildlife in my own outdoor space

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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

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Gardening: Practical Gardening

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This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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