GROW YOUR OWN FOOD SEASON BY SEAON
Access to all 4 seasonal workshops
AUTUMN – SATURDAY 22nd APRIL 2023
In the vegetable garden, Autumn is the time of bed preparation and planting of winter crops, we will look at the basic needs of growing vegetables in terms of sun, water and soil nutrition. In the orchard, Autumn is the time for creating a plan for fruit tree planting, we will discussion site selections, planning and soil preparation for planting our winter bare root fruit trees. It is also the season to clear out the last of last years Summer berry canes and tie the new ones for this years planting.
WINTER – SATURDAY JULY 22nd 2023
In the vegetable garden succession planting is taking place, frost protection of sensitive vegetables is being undertaken and seed are starting to be sown in the hothouse for Spring planting, we will look at a variety of options for frost protection, the when and why of succession planting for continual supply. In the orchard now it the busy time, time for the hard pruning of neglected fruit trees. The soil work and preparation for planting undertaken in Autumn now pays off it is the time to plant bare root fruit trees, we will discuss fencing requirements, staking and first year pruning. It is also the time to prune back the Autumn fruiting raspberries.
SPRING – SATURDAY 21st OCTOBER 2023
Spring is the best time on the farm, the flowers are in bloom, birds are chirping and the bees are buzzing, then you know it is the right time to get stuck into clearing out the winter vegetables and rejuvenate the soil and start planting the seedlings grown in the hothouse in Winter and for planting a wide range of vegetable seeds in the garden. The garlic will be ready soon, so we will look at the requirements for harvesting, drying and storing for both eating and planting next year. In the orchard it the fruit trees are in flower and starting to form fruit, now is the time for feeding to make sure the fruits are large and sweet. It is also the time to graft new trees and we will look at a variety of plant propagation techniques so you don’t need to spend a small fortune on trees and plants at the nursery.
SUMMER- SATURDAY 20th JANUARY 2024
In Summer nothing is more important than good water management in the vegetable garden, we will look at water saving design and build a wicking bed and have a look at the setting up of a basic irrigation system. There are always plenty of bugs around in the garden and we will look at various ways to manage pests. In the orchard, fruits are growing thinning, pruning and ongoing maintenance is required. In the height of Summer plenty of berries are being harvested and there is oodles of preserving to be done, we will give a preserving demo and eat some yummy goodies and celebrate the end of the workshop series.