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composting

Composting - The Cornerstone of Organic Gardening

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!

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Soil Health

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.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Organic vegetable growing

Organic Veg Growing and Planning

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.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Thursday, 15 June 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Wonderful Wormeries

Learn more about the wonderful world of worm compost. Within this course you will find the answers to these questions and much more -

  • How do worms create compost?
  • What are the different styles of wormery?
  • How to create the optimum conditions for your worms?
  • What to feed your worms?
  • How to use vermicompost in the garden?
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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

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Composting - The Alternative Methods

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.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Friday, 14 July 2017 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

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Attracting Wildlife to your Garden

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.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Thursday, 20 July 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm

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Growing Winter Veg

Learn about some of the crops you can grow over the winter in order to keep your garden productive all the year round. Many people think that they need to put their garden to bed over the winter, but, with a little forward planning, you can produce food all year round.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Thursday, 3 August 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Cutting Edge Veg

In the last 50 years our culinary horizons have broadened to encompass a wide range of cultures including India, Chinese, South East Asia and the Caribbean. However, it seems that our growing skills have lagged behind our cooking habits.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Introduction to Seed Saving

This introduces the basic principles of seed saving, including growing annual plants to seed, harvesting, drying, cleaning and storage. Crops will be looked at growing in-situ with examples of seed that is ready and the opportunity for attendees to try seed cleaning themselves.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Thursday, 7 September 2017 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

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Planning Organic Food Growing

We are delighted to be delivering ‘Planning Organic Food Growing’ training at Dumfries House, Scotland. This course will cover how to start growing organically, give you the tools to plan your growing space and provide lots of ideas to take away with you. This course is aimed at beginners.

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Dumfries House
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Saturday, 9 September 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Introduction to Organic Veg Growing with a seasonal activity

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.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Thursday, 14 September 2017 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

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Next Steps in Seed Saving

This is the perfect follow on from the first course, ‘Introduction to Seed Saving’, or is ideal for those with some experience of saving seed from vegetables looking to improve their skills.The day will focus on those annuals that cross and biennial crops of vegetables.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

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Planning your organic 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.

at: 
Ryton Organic Gardens
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Make your own natural Christmas decorations

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.

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Ryton Organic Gardens
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Thursday, 7 December 2017 -
9:30am to 1:00pm

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