Come and learn about how to weave a willow wreath using materials from the garden to make natural decorations. You will be shown how to weave your own willow wreath that you can then decorate with natural materials from the gardens. We will also look at making table decorations, wall hangings and other ideas for natural decorations.
This course will teach you about pruning a variety of small trees and shrubs, whether that be for shape or production. Pruning can sometimes seem overly complicated, so a big aim of the session will be to discuss the main principles and boost your confidence levels.
This is a introductory course focusing on how to start planning your organic garden focusing on crop rotation, ground preparation, and much more. The day will look at what you need to do and buy to get started growing your own fruit and veg, and will be based around the you and your own gardening situation.
Growing brassicas means so much more than just cabbage and sprouts. In this popular course we will explore the techniques to grow more unusual brassicas such as Vietnamese mustard, Haloon and Tatsoi - all suitable to grow in UK conditions with the right know-how.
Our gardens are important havens for wildlife, combined with their surroundings it creates a valuable network of 'wildlife corridors' across all areas. This course looks at working towards having a garden that is not only beautiful, but is a home to as many different wildlife creatures as possible, with the added benefit that these creatures will contribute to the health of the garden.
This introductory course will look at what you need to do and buy to get started with growing your own fruit and veg. We will be focusing on how to start your organic garden and will be using the gardens to demonstrate how to do this.
“How do I deal with pests and diseases without chemicals?” is a common question posed to organic gardeners. Within this course we will introduce you to the range of effective techniques available and when and how to use them. We will ensure that you learn to recognise some of the most important pests and diseases in vegetable and fruit crops and the best ways of preventing and controlling them.
Composting makes the world go round. It recycles the nutrients that make plants (and animals) grow, feeds the bugs that keep the soil healthy and is a sustainable, low-cost way of dealing with ‘rubbish that rots’. This course is full introduction to the world of composting - ideal to get you started ready to compost successfully for life!
Get to know your soil as we delve deeper into what determines the health of our soils! Healthy soils are the basis for healthy plants and the building block for any organic garden. This course will examine what makes a healthy soil and consider methods for testing it in your own gardens or growing spaces. We will also discuss the role that green manures can play in improving the soil.
This is a popular introductory course on how to start with planning your organic garden focusing on crop rotation, ground preparation and more. Looking at what you need to do and buy to get started growing your own fruit and veg, and will be based around you and your own garden situations.
Most compostable kitchen and garden waste can be processed through a traditional compost heap or a worm bin. However it may be preferable to use different techniques to recycle specific types of kitchen and garden ‘waste’ such as autumn leaves, woody prunings and hedge clippings, food waste such as meat, dairy products and cooked food and some perennial weeds.
Take a walk around Ryton Organic Gardens with one of our wildlife experts to show you the different habitats and wildlife found within.This includes showing you around Ryton Organic Gardens to spot some of the birds, beasts and insects you may find in your garden and how to encourage them by best organic practice.