Book your place by Wednesday 13th March to take advantage of our early bird offers!
In this lunchtime online talk you’ll learn how to attract and support the many wonderful pollinating insects in your garden, from bees and butterflies to hoverflies and moths.
What you will learn
- The importance of biodiversity for your growing, and the wider environment.
- How to make your garden more biodiverse.
- The importance of soil health and composting for diversity.
- Identifying creatures in your green space.
Pollinating insects play a crucial role in your garden, fertilising crops by transferring pollen from one flower to another and acting as natural predators for garden ‘pests’. This online talk will show you why they are important for a balanced garden ecosystem, how to choose insect-attractant plants and create a biodiverse planting scheme from the ground up. You’ll also get the opportunity to learn how to identify different beneficial insects so you can encourage more of them into your growing space.
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Session leader: Elaine Goold
Elaine has worked with Garden Organic since 2013 as a knowledge transfer officer delivering horticultural training and social and therapeutic horticulture to a wide range of audiences, including schools and individuals. Originally trained as a primary school teacher, Elaine spent 10 years inspiring young people as an outdoor instructor in Cumbria, before discovering horticultural therapy and retraining in horticulture. She’s passionate about growing organically and the benefits it has for health and wellbeing, promoting biodiversity and environmental sustainability. Elaine lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and their two young children. She keeps guinea pigs and chickens, along with a thriving wild hedgehog population.
Our online workshops
Our online talks allow you to gain organic gardening skills from the comfort of your own home. These short lunchtime sessions have an informal, relaxed feel with the opportunity for questions at the end. It will include supporting resources. Come prepared with notebook and pen for taking notes.