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Wed 27 Jan 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Looking after your Soil Health
Online via Zoom

Join Elena Trivelli for this session on 'Looking after your soil health' to get ready for the growing year and beyond. Achieving and maintaining a healthy soil is the most important aspect when growing food organically. A healthy soil brings higher yields and fewer pests and diseases, while also reducing the need for watering and weeding. A healthy soil is a soil full of life, most of which we need a microscope to see.

In this session, we will look at the life that teams in healthy soils and explore what might disrupt it if we garden without putting the needs of the soil first. We will discuss soil texture and structure in relation to soil life, and some of the ways in which a gardener can easily support their soil’s health – with a particular focus on using green manures, mulching, composting methods and compost uses, and some common pitfalls in these practices.

The session is held on Zoom and costs £11.19

Wed 3 Feb 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
How to Grow for Climate Change
Online via Zoom

Join Hélèna Dove for this session on 'How to grow for Climate Change' to get ready for the growing year and beyond. With an ever changing climate, we need to adapt the way we grow and cultivate our productive gardens.

Starting with a look at the changing issues faced by growers, this session will look at techniques for dealing with the unknown. Understanding how climate change is effecting the growing area and how the gardener can plan for resilience to deal with the fluctuating weather. Covering topics such as crop choice, planting methods and how to manage when it all seems to go wrong. A changing climate brings with it new opportunities, from longer growing seasons to warmer summers, adapting now can mean flourishing in the future.

The session is held on Zoom and costs £11.19

Sat 6 Feb 2021
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Hedgelaying course
The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place, Church Hill, White Waltham SL6 3JH

Hedge laying has great conservational value and with the associated benefits to wildlife, it really is important to preserve and share this skill. In this one day training session, expert instructor Clive Leeke will cover the fundamentals of hedge laying, teaching all the necessary skills and techniques. This course is designed for absolute beginners wanting to learn, through to the more experienced hedge layer wanting to practice and improve. By the end of the day you will have laid your own section of hedge, which will become a wildlife haven for years to come. Please dress warmly. All tools provided. Price: £75 to include a warming organic lunch and refreshments.

Thu 11 Feb 2021
7:30 pm
Making compost online workshop
Online via Zoom

Make compost in as little as six weeks. Learn how to use it to improve soil fertility and soil structure. Colin is a master composter in every sense and has been making hot compost for 30 years.

This is one in a series of three linked presentations. Each one-hour presentation is followed by a question and answer session where participants can ask questions or go over specific points again.

There is no charge but we ask for a voluntary donation to cover costs. Any extra will go towards the Eyam Green Group community composting/growing project - http://www.eyamgreengroup.org.uk/

Wed 24 Feb 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wildlife Friendly Food Growing
Online via Zoom

Whether growing in a balcony garden, allotment, school or urban farm, there are a variety of ways to turn urban gardens into welcoming homes for wildlife. The advice from grower Sinead Fenton can help growers learn more about what wildlife-friendly food growing is, identify what’s already going well in their garden, and discover easy ways to improve.

The session is held on Zoom and costs £11.19

Wed 3 Mar 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Permaculture Design Principles in Food Growing
Online via Zoom

Permaculture is an ethical design system, based on ecological principles, that creates sustainable and regenerative human habitats by following nature's patterns.

This workshop will examine how to approach growing food by planting edible ecosystems that maximise yield from a growing space. The approach challenges conventional approaches to food growing by combining annuals and perennials, using plant combinations for fertility and focussing on supporting the soil ecosystem.

As well as presenting a way to understand the approach the workshop will also outline practical ways to approach food growing from a permaculture perspective.

The session is held on Zoom and costs £11.19

Wed 10 Mar 2021
3:00 pm
A Perspective on Growing Media in the UK in 2021
Online via Zoom

The attention on peat in growing media has escalated in recent months. This presentation will look at the latest statistics on peat-reduction, progress with peat-free growing media, an update on the new cross-industry Responsible Sourcing of Growing Media Scheme and how Melcourt, as a leading supplier of sustainable growing media, manages quality, availability, and performance.

Part of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture's Spring Webinar Series.

The session is held on Zoom and is free to attend.

Thu 11 Mar 2021
7:30 pm
Why grow organic food?
Online via Zoom

Being organic is gardening with nature and not fighting it. The overall approach is sustainable and supports biodiversity, It's also about growing without the use of artificial pesticides and fertilisers.

This workshop will outline the best way to grow grops with no artificial inputs. You'll learn how to prepare your soil for the new season and see some of the work we've done over the years to produce huge crops from small beds. Most of all we hope you will see that being an organic grower is not difficult and that it makes complete sense in terms of sustainability and resilience in the challegning times we face.

This is one in a series of three linked presentations. Each one-hour presentation uses Zoom in full screen mode which is like having a speaker project onto a screen. It includes video, images, and sound as appropriate. There is a question and answer session at the end where participants can ask questions or go over specific points again.

There is no charge but we ask for a voluntary donation to cover costs. Any extra will go towards the Eyam Green Group community composting/growing project - http://www.eyamgreengroup.org.uk/

Wed 17 Mar 2021
7:00 pm
‘So You Want to be a Plastic-Free Gardener?’
Online via Zoom

The tide of plastic in the world and in your garden can seem overwhelming and sometimes it seems that alone we can’t make much difference. There’s a lot of confusion about all the gardening products claiming to be biodegradable, plastic-free or compostable. Sometimes it seems hard to know where to start. The tide of plastic in the world and in your garden can seem overwhelming and sometimes it seems that alone we can’t make much difference. There’s a lot of confusion about all the gardening products claiming to be biodegradable, plastic-free or compostable. Sometimes it seems hard to know where to start.

Whether it’s inspiration to get going that you need or practical help to approach plastic-free gardening one step at a time, this presentation (and ‘Plastic-free Gardening’, the book) will make the process less daunting and easier to tackle.

  • Clear information about garden plastics and their effects on the environment
  • Help to weigh up alternative materials and marketing claims
  • Low-cost, fun and DIY ideas for adapting your garden and the way you garden to use less plastic

Part of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture's Spring Webinar Series.

The session is held on Zoom and is free to attend.

Wed 31 Mar 2021
3:00 pm
A Perspective on Regenerative Horticultural Practices
Online via Zoom

According to the UN, given the current rate of soil degeneration, all the world`s topsoil could be gone in 60 years. Practically, this could mean we have just another 60 growing and harvesting seasons; in the UK alone approximately 2.2 million tonnes of topsoil is eroded every year.

In this talk Dimitrisz Sopisz will suggest ways we will have to work together to build a better future. Examining the impact of current horticultural practises, crop production methods and forest management. Looking at alternatives to monoculture growing and the use of animals for targeted grazing in holistic systems.

Part of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture's Spring Webinar Series.

The session is held on Zoom and is free to attend.

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