2.00pm to 4.30pm, £45–75 – includes refreshments.
I give these information-packed afternoons through different seasons – two hours of intensive learning about topics that make such a difference to being successful with your gardening.
We start with a propagation in early spring, and I come back to this in late summer as well, because propagation is ongoing from February to October.
Making compost is such a key skill and, whilst teaching day courses, I notice the fascination with how to do it successfully. This is an opportunity to look in detail at the various methods I use, and which you can employ according to the size of your garden, and materials available.
Another topic which elicits much curiosity is succession planting – having seeds and plants ready to pop in the ground at the right time, mostly during the summer but at other times as well. It's a huge topic but one that is not difficult to succeed with once you understand a few key principles, such as the lack of bed preparation needed in no dig, and timings of new sowings – for this I recommend looking at my Sowing Timeline webpage for baseline knowledge.
The courses include lunch (except afternoon). If you have dietary requirements, please say when booking.
My ‘go-to’ reference source for growing different vegetables. There is so much detail and guidance. I cannot recommend it highly enough and I would not have been able to have the success (or confidence) I have achieved in growing vegetables (and delicious melons) without it.
This course has taught me an incredible amount about growing vegetables, even though I went through these topics in my studies. I was able to deepen my knowledge and, above all, simplify it a lot! Charles Dowding’s methods are well-founded and incredibly fun. I am simply thrilled!
I took this course in winter, and was astonished how much vital practical information Charles was sharing. His knowledge is extensive, and he shares it with ease, great skill, and much charm. The course is well-organised, and the information is easily understandable and thorough.