Apple Tree Pruning with Jody Cornfield

Formative and winter fruit-tree pruning course, with a focus on Apple trees. Suitable for beginners onwards. The class will take place in the heritage orchard of Cotesbach Organic Gardens, which has many local and old varieties of apple trees. On this course you will learn the theory behind why we prune; health benefits to the trees and fruit; practical arboricultural techniques; pruning cuts and tree care. Attendees should feel able to tackle…

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Seed Saving with John Noble

Seed saving is a great way to cultivate and increase varieties in your garden in the cheapest way possible and it is also the best way to protect endangered varieties and heritage plants. Join John for an introduction to the fascinating and rewarding topic of seed saving. Learn why, when and how we save seed and get some hands on experience. By the end of the course participants will be able to…

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Composting for beginners with John Noble

Everything you always wanted to know about composting but were afraid to ask! Learn how to turn your kitchen waste into black gold! Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste, plus it produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver. Join john as he talks you through the do’s and don’ts of gardening’s most important of skills… composting! Learn the different methods…

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Traditional Austrian Scything with Nicole Clough

This one day course is designed to introduce the attendee to using and looking after an Austrian scythe. The course is suitable for a range of experience levels, from complete beginners to those who have been using a scythe but feel that it could be working better for them. The course covers: • Setting up and understanding the Austrian scythe. • Effective mowing techniques which are kind to both the user and…

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From the Archive: Crocuses for the Victorian garden

This is an exciting time of year in a garden. Even when things still seem dead, we only need to look beneath the surface layer of old leaves to find that life continues; roots are still vigorous, shoots are seeking the light and flower buds are already forming. So much is still there and just biding its time! Sometimes it seems that the Archive is like that garden, apparently dormant but ready…

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