The course is designed for every level of ability, but experienced gardeners should realise that this is not a specialist course. All gardening equipment, PPE and materials will be provided so please do NOT bring gardening equipment with you, especially anything with a ‘sharp edge’. This course is designed to be relaxed and fun, and we will guide you towards ‘better practice’. There is some ‘heavy work’ but if this is a challenge you will of course not have to physically engage.
What will I learn?
The three days will each deal with a different subject including, but not limited to:
• Autumn lawn care and getting your grass areas ready for the winter, including maintenance operations - scarifying, aeration, top dressing, pest and diseases and what to do about them, fixing the bald bits, mowing, feeding
• Vegetable and flower border operations including clearance of crops, digging, manuring, herbaceous border operations cutting down, division, re-planting
• Top and soft fruit operations including pruning, re-generation, planting, grafting
We will try to answer your gardening questions, please do bring these with you!
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Additional Costs and Information
There are no additional course costs.
You should bring with you:
• Wear work clothing, this is a practical course although it does include necessary theory
• Shower proof coats, we will try to miss the wet if possible, but it is autumn!
• Sturdy work boots (NO open-toed shoes sandals etc because of safety issues)
• Packed lunch - there is no catering provision available (30 minute lunch break)
• Pen, pencil, notebook, etc.
This course will take place at Lackham over 3 consecutive days, the details are:
27.10.21-29.10.21 Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 09:30-15:00
What Could I Do Next?
Work in your own garden, apply for an allotment, take over a neighbour’s plot. RHS Certificate in Practical Gardening – run by Lackham! Volunteer in a local Garden (NT, Council, Cemetery, Nursing Home etc) We hope to run a Spring practical-work course.