Planning Your Plot Workshop
Planning which vegetables to grow, when to grow them, and how to arrange them all often seems like the most bewildering choice both for new growers and even those with more experience.
Successful organic growing, in particular, is all about good planning. In our workshop you will learn how to plan your plot organically, with a focus on crop rotation, preventing pests and diseases, maximising harvests, and planning your plot or growing space for the year ahead.
Our workshop will guide you through the steps, giving you a fundamental understanding of the planning process so that you have the confidence to make your own personal growing plan.
This workshop will include a mixture of indoor group work and practical work which will be delivered from within our outdoor classroom.
- How to assess and plan your growing space. We will consider the key features of your growing site including aspect, soil type, shelter, light levels, and look at how to plan and make the best use of the microclimates within your growing space.
This will take part in our outdoor classroom.
- Choosing a range of crops that suit you, including plants for different situations such as plants that are easy to grow, suitable for small spaces, and shaded gardens.
- Planning a rotation with considerations to crop families, soil fertility, and the key pests and diseases that can affect certain groups of plants.
- Creating a cropping calendar so that you will understand the optimum time to sow, plant out and harvest a range of crop groups.
- You'll have the opportunity to test the texture of your soil and sow a sample of seeds appropriate for the time of year
- The workshop will include a tour of our organic demonstration garden to show examples of vegetable rotations, pest and disease prevention measures, plants to attract predators, green manure plants, and composting facilities - you can read more about our organic demonstration garden here.
Skill level: Beginners
You will need to bring: A sample of soil (2 dessert spoons) from your food growing space, a glass jar 2/3 full of water with a lid. This is required if you would like to take part in a soil texture test.
About your course Leader: Anton Rosenfeld
Anton has been with Garden Organic for over 15 years. His work has ranged from projects with commercial field-scale growers to small-scale community gardens and allotments. He regularly writes for Grow Your Own and Kitchen Garden magazine and has a passion for soils, composting, and growing veg from a wide range of cultures.
Our workshop will have an informal, relaxed learning environment with plenty of opportunities for interaction. We will also provide a full set of notes and handouts in advance.
We look forward to welcoming you.