Build an Edible Garden

Build an Edible Garden


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Learn to create healthy soil and efficiently grow your own delicious veggies.

Come and find out how to improve your soil, creating nutrient rich soil perfect for growing vegetables. Over the two days we’ll cover a mix of practical and theory culminating in building an efficient food produce keyhole garden from scratch.

Key information

  • Duration: two days
  • Upcoming date: Sat 13 to Sun 14 June 2020
  • Start and finish times: starts at 9.30am and ends at 4pm on the last day
  • Fees: £200
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation
  • What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required and waterproof clothing is advised. Bring something to take notes and gardening gloves if you wear them.
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What you will learn

This course will cover everything you need to know to start growing, whether it’s in your garden, community centre, school playground or office carpark. You’ll explore how to design and build garden beds that reduce the amount of watering required and are great for sites with poor soil.

Through a mixture of practical and theory we’ll cover what a keyhole garden is, why they were first made and their benefits. We’ll then construct a keyhole garden together from scratch, using readily available materials. Once the construction is complete, we’ll explore what you could grow in a keyhole garden, from pumpkins to parsley and edible flowers.

Located in the spectacular foothills of Snowdonia and with thriving gardens and woodland, you’ll also get the chance to see a healthy ecosystem in play whilst learning how to create one in your own green space or community. Over the course of the weekend you’ll gain a good understanding of soil quality, compost and drainage that will be transferable to many gardening ventures, leaving you ready to get growing!

Meet your tutors

Ben Wilde works for The National Botanic Gardens of Wales on their Growing the Future (GTF) project. GTF is a five year project to ‘champion Welsh horticulture, plants for pollinators, the protection of wildlife and the virtues of growing plants for food, fun, health and well-being’. Having initially trained as an apprentice at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Ben’s vision is to get more people into growing, and inspire the next generation of horticulturists.

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