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Wed 20 Feb 2019
12:30 pm
Whitley GrowAllot 2019 Planning Meeting
Whitley Social Club & Cafe, 252 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7QA
Organised by: Whitley GrowAllot

Planning meeting for the 2019 growing season. Come along and tell us what you would like to learn, what training you would like us to put on and plan community events for the year. All the family is invited to join us at the Whitley Social Club & Cafe. Lunch will be provided.

**New members welcome** If you have never grown veggies come along to find out how we can help & what opportunities we can give you.

Wed 20 Feb 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
History of Reading Allotments
Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square, Reading (behind Reading Central Library)

History of Reading Society talk by Evelyn Williams.

Doors open at 7pm, with the talk starting at 7.30pm.

Free entry to members, £2 for visitors.

Fri 22 Feb 2019 9:30 am
- Sun 24 Feb 2019 4:30 pm
Three day intensive gardening course
Ridgeline Trust Garden, 25 Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 7BY

An opportunity to learn about gardening and socialise with members of various community groups.

The course covers soil, garden planning, composting, pest management, harvesting, sourcing of materials.

People with disabilities and sensory needs are welcome to apply as support will be provided.

The course is offered by the Integrated Research & Development Centre; IRDC is a registered community interest company.

Course costs: Per participant £60 which covers tea, biscuits, local garden visits travel cost, certificate

Thu 28 Feb 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arborfield Gardening Association AGM
Arborfield Village Hall, Eversley Road, Arborfield RG2 9PQ

AGM plus Cheese and Wine

Sat 16 Mar 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Planning your veg patch
RISC Roof Garden, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS
Organised by: Food4families
  • Factors to consider
  • Deciding what to grow
  • Seed and plant selection
  • Using the space well to maximise your harvest

Price: £15 per session or 4 sessions for £50.00

Light refreshments included

Sat 6 Apr 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Seed sowing and propagation
Food4families Training Base, 330 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DH
Organised by: Food4families
  • Tips for successful seed sowing
  • Top ten easy to grow vegetables
  • Sowing seeds inside vs outside
  • Common problems
  • Other methods of propagation, e.g division, cuttings

Price: £15 per session or 4 sessions for £50.00

Light refreshments included

Sat 25 May 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Maintenance - weeding, watering and mulching
Whitley GrowAllot, Meavy Gardens, Whitley RG2
Organised by: Food4families
  • Gardening organically
  • Watering wisely
  • Weeds and how to deal with them
  • Mulching - why we mulch and materials we can use

Price: £15 per session or 4 sessions for £50.00

Light refreshments included

Sat 15 Jun 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Maintenance - soil care and composting
Whitley GrowAllot, Meavy Gardens, Whitley RG2
Organised by: Food4families
  • Identifying different types of soil
  • How to look after the soil
  • Compost - why we make it, what we use to make it and how to use it
  • Compost bins
  • Other composting methods

Price: £15 per session or 4 sessions for £50.00

Light refreshments included

Sat 13 Jul 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Pests and diseases
Whitley GrowAllot, Meavy Gardens, Whitley RG2
Organised by: Food4families
  • Identifying common pests and diseases
  • Managing pests and diseases organically
  • Encouraging beneficial wildlife into the garden

Price: £15 per session or 4 sessions for £50.00

Light refreshments included

Sat 7 Sep 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Harvesting and seed saving
Whitley GrowAllot, Meavy Gardens, Whitley RG2
Organised by: Food4families
  • Explore different harvesting methods
  • How to extend the harvest
  • How to store your produce
  • Saving seeds for next year

Price: £15 per session or 4 sessions for £50.00

Light refreshments included

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