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Sat 7 Jul 2018 9:30 am
- Sun 8 Jul 2018 5:30 pm
Introduction to Permaculture
RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

A wonderfully inspiring weekend learning Permaculture basics – ethics, principles and design tools to re-imagine your life, your garden, farm, community or any project for sustainability, regeneration and abundance – it's not just gardening!

You will leave with the tools to get started, your first design, new friends and hopefully motivation to continue along a permaculture path. This course is quite intensive but fun, thought-provoking and potentially life changing too! An award winning permaculture food forest roof garden can be studied here. If you have a project in mind already you can bring details, or we’ll help you identify a first design.

Cost £120.

Sat 7 Jul 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Seed to Plate - The Perfect Fruit
Walled Garden Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

Learn how to grow the perfect strawberry: growing and propagation secrets from an expert strawberry grower.

This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable strawberry growing techniques.

What will you learn? This workshop will take you through the basics of soil management and strawberry growing, deal with your queries and build your confidence to grow your own food. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:

  • how to propagate from your own stock of strawberry plants
  • what strawberry varieties to choose for long and short season cropping
  • how to prepare the soil for strawberries, including fertility building
  • what planting systems you can use in your garden
  • how to protect your strawberry crops from weather, pests and diseases
  • how to harvest your strawberry crop, including post-harvest management
Sat 7 Jul 2018
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RFGN at Whitley Fun Day
Rabson's Rec, Northumberland Avenue RG2 8DF

A fun day of food and activities, organised by South Reading Churches.

We'll be sharing a stand with Food4families, and promoting our "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign, with free seeds for people to grow for the meal.

Sat 14 Jul 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Harvesting & seed saving
Erleigh Road Community Garden, St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road, East Reading RG1 5LR
Organised by: Food4families

This year Food4families will be running 6 separate 'Get Growing' modules, on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am - 12 noon, including a light refreshment break.

The sessions cost £15 each or sign up for 4 for £50.

Tue 31 Jul 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thrive Trunkwell Open Afternoon
Thrive Trunkwell Gardens, Beech Hill, Reading, RG7 2AT
Organised by: Thrive

You can be sure of a warm welcome from client gardeners, staff and volunteers and rest assured we will be serving tea and delicious home-made cakes!

Sat 4 Aug 2018 Tilehurst Horticultural Association Summer Show
Village Hall, Victoria Road, RG31 5AB
Sat 4 Aug 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RISC Roof Garden Summer Event
Entrance at rear of RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

Award-winning sustainable garden: 185 species, low maintenance, multi- use perennial planting, edible forest, water harvesting, hard landscaping with renewable/recycled/ reused materials.

Cost:£3.50

Sat 11 Aug 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Seed to Plate - Growing Winter Salads
Walled Garden Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

Learn how to keep your garden growing through the winter months and keep the greens on your plate!

Who is the workshop for? This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable gardening techniques and want to harvests crops continually through the seasons.

What will you learn? This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to keep your veg plot productive through the colder months. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:

  • Choosing your growing system
  • Planning your sowing schedule & selecting varieties for winter cropping
  • How to sow, grow and harvest for the best results
  • Soil preparation & management – including fertility-building and rotation
  • Propagation media, materials and techniques

You will sow your own salad seedlings to grow on at home.

Wed 22 Aug 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thrive Trunkwell Open Afternoon
Thrive Trunkwell Gardens, Beech Hill, Reading, RG7 2AT
Organised by: Thrive

You can be sure of a warm welcome from client gardeners, staff and volunteers and rest assured we will be serving tea and delicious home-made cakes!

Sat 1 Sep 2018 SGA Annual Show
Prospect School, Cockney Hill, Tilehurst RG30 4EX

Annual show with sections for Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Domestic, Arts and Crafts, Photography, Children’s and Schools.

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