All of my courses are being held at my smallholding in the wild, wild west of Wales (otherwise known as very scenic Ceredigion) and will showcase the many benefits and delights of wildlife-friendly grow-your-own.
During each course there will also be ample opportunity for questions and time to meet our resident (and indeed very friendly) sheep, ducks, chickens and Shetland ponies. You’ll no doubt get to spot many different varieties of garden bird, frogs and pollinating insects. Not forgetting the red kites and buzzards that soar gracefully overhead.
There will be refreshments, a tasty lunch and the opportunity to sample produce around growing season availability. Additionally, all attendees will get a free gift from one of our partners.
The Resilient Grow-Your-Own Course 9.30 till 2.30 £76
I gardened almost entirely for free for about 3 years, (which I wrote about in the Guardian), and so alongside a look at lots of time and money-saving techniques, there will be lots on how to afford your plot greater resilience against the increasing weather extremes of climate change. This includes companion growing and natural pest control, protecting your soil all year round, perennials, seed saving and growing produce in pots, raised beds and under cover.
There will also be many more wildlife gardening tricks and techniques for bountiful, fuss-free harvests besides.
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The Badly Behaved Gardener Day Course 9.30 -2.30 £76
A spot of grow-your-own is one of the most life-affirming and empowering experiences there is, yet it so often made out to be a lot more complicated than it in reality need be. During this day course I will show you lots of time saving tricks to help inject the fun, enjoyment and productivity back into your plot.
So put away your spade, forget about exacting crop rotation or PH. testing of your soil and come join me for a day that shows you many practical and effective alternatives for growing fruit and vegetables in harmony with the natural world.
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The Therapeutic Garden Day Course 9.30-2.30 £76
This day course shows how to create and work within a space suitable for those on the autistic spectrum/ in need of relaxation, positive sensory stimulation, learning and emotional regulation.
This has a food production focus, designed to help encourage an interest in gardening and healthier eating within a safe outside space. It will include practical advice on fruit, vegetable, herbs and flowers to grow in the first place, the benefits of encouraging in wildlife and how to go about it. Garden layout and design for hassle free maintenance. Plus advice and techniques on how to work within the space to everyone’s benefit.
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Ceredigion is a delightful county in the heart of Wales, with 50 miles of unspoilt coast and beaches, pretty harbour towns, local food markets and historic castles and wildlife walks galore. It also offers some of the best opportunities for seal and dolphin spotting in the country. So if you’d like to make a weekend or indeed holiday around your visit then i can recommend accommodation locally.