Chris Collins will walk you through the basics of soil health, showing you how to maintain and improve your veg beds and borders. Entry to the talk is by donation at the end of the talk.
What you will learn
- The benefits of a healthy soil.
- How to maintain it.
- The art of composting.
- Importance of mulching.
Chris has been gardening for decades and knows that healthy plants start with healthy soil. Looking after your soil is at the heart of organic gardening, and in this lunchtime talk Chris will demonstrate the components and benefits of a healthy soil system, provide advice on maintaining a balanced soil ecosystem and how to make your own compost and mulches. At the end of the session, you can put your tricky gardening questions to Chris and leave feeling like a soil expert.
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This online talk is part of our mission to get as many people engaged with the principles of organic growing as possible. We're able to put on these events with the help of donations.
By making a donation, however large or small, you will contribute to our vital work spreading the benefits and joy of organic growing. You can book your place, and donate below.
Session leader: Chris Collins
Our head of organic horticulture has gardening experience that spans many years and many locations. After training at the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh, he spent time working in Africa and Japan, before returning to the UK in 1998 as Higher Botanical Horticulturalist at Kew Gardens, and as Head Gardener at Westminster Abbey. Chris also held the highly sought-after position of BBC Blue Peter gardener for nine years, where he got to utter the line "here’s one I made earlier" on numerous occasions!
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.