I have run courses, workshops and talks for everyone from the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, RHS and Garden Organic, to Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Festival, Humble by Nature, Centre for Alternative Technology and the Museum of London. I also offer courses at my climate change demonstration gardens in the beautiful wildlife haven that is the wild, wild west of Wales (near to New Quay in Ceredigion).

Growing polytunnel and undercover edibles over winter course – £95

Polytunnel growing course

I have been running this popular course since 2014 and I’m a leading authority on climate change resilient all-year-round undercover growing.

This day course will demonstrate how to delightfully extend the growing season to enable year round produce growing whatever-the-weather.

From luscious pick and come again salad to coriander and parsley, baby carrots and many different pick and come again leaf opportunities I will explain how to make your undercover haven work for you. Including time and money saving tips, how to build climate change resilience, maintenance and tips for success and much for besides to make the best use of what space you have and what you would like to grow.

The day includes plants to take home and a copy of The Climate Change Garden book.

Dates for 2024

5th April

Polytunnel Growing Course

I start the day with refreshments in one of the large polytunnels, with a get to know you sessions as the course is always tailored as much as possible to the needs of the participants.

There will be lots of hands on activities and just some of the topics covered will include, natural pest control, soil health, no dig, seed saving, compost and mulch making, mixed planting systems, boosting biodiversity and many more tips and ideas for inspiration besides. but includes the basics such as propagation methods, watering options, layouts and polytunnel care and maintenance to make your fantastic indoor growing haven work for you. I provide a thorough explanation of how to extend the growing season to produce an array of produce all year round; including abundant salad leaves and herbs in winter.

Finally there’s ample opportunity for further questions , so I can ensure all rocketeers (aka attendees) go home empowered with the knowledge, confidence and skills to make their polytunnel-growing-efforts truly blossom and grow.

Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Get Climate Change Smart GYO Course- grow edibles over winter

Each day is packed with lots of ideas, time (and money) saving tricks, techniques and skills to furnish you with the knowledge to grow fruit and vegetables productively in the face of increasing extremes of weather.

I start the day with a getting-to-know-you session over refreshments so the course can be tailored where possible to participants’ needs. Then we move onto the basics including different methods of propagation, compost-making and growing different types of fruit and veg over winter with lots of savvy time and money saving tips.

Dates for 2024

19th April

Grow Your Own Course

In the morning I also cover seed saving and lots of time saving methods, including no dig gardening, which are designed to make the process of grow your own much more enjoyable in the process.

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Then after more refreshments, I move on to demonstrating different ways of growing including under cover, container and raised bed systems. Within this, I’ll explain mixed planting systems which I use as a viable alternative to crop rotation which provides biodiversity and helps avoid pest build-up in the first place. This leads on nicely to a look at companion planting and how letting nature (beneficial insects, pollinators and amphibians) onto your plot can help deal with pests naturally as well as making your space a mesmerising haven in which to be.

Finally, there’s ample opportunity for further questions, so I can ensure all rocketeers (aka attendees) go home empowered with the knowledge, confidence and skills to make their fruit and veg growing efforts truly blossom and grow whatever the weather.

Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.