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Day seminar at West Dean College, Simplifying the rules Sat. 17th Feb. 10-3
February 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Easier ways to a successful vegetable and fruit garden
1 Save time with quicker methods
A look at many misunderstandings which have a common theme: they waste the gardener’s time, from digging and washing pots to making large planting holes and separating bindweed roots from other compost ingredients.
I explain how these misunderstandings have arisen and illustrate quicker ways to achieve the desired result of healthy, happy plants, which includes sowing vegetable seeds at the best and most efficient dates.
2 Salad leaves all year
How to grow and pick large and repeat harvests from a small area, even in winter
Exploring the wonderful range of plants to grow for salad leaves. I emphasise two
ways above all of increasing harvests:
1 Sow the right plant for each different season, for example sow salad rocket in August not April,
2 Give plants sufficient space so that outer leaves can be picked over a long period. This also reduces slugs and disease.
Lots of illustrations to demonstrate these points, with an explanation of the benefits of compost mulches.
3 Succession planting and winter vegetables
Food in winter and the hungry gap too, both from fresh harvests and from stored veg, with my tips on easier ways to store harvests.
A look at garlic, onions, potato, parsnip, leeks and brassicas as well as salads, broad beans, spring onion and cabbage for the hungry gap.
I cover the value of good soil preparation, without digging, of making and using compost, and of sowing at the best time, especially after midsummer when shortening days mean that you reap rewards from adhering to precise sowing dates.