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Grow your own fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and physic/herb garden


Start date: 11th Jan 2022

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Cost: £70

Day: Tuesday

Duration: 7 weeks

Tutor: Georgina Bordewich

Course code: SP22093

This course is for; 

Both those with little or no experience of gardening as well as those who already have an established garden but want to experiment with different styles and plants.

For the first session students will need;

Pen and paper for note taking though handouts are produced for each lesson.

Additional Costs; Please bring some money for the cafeteria at break time

The course aims; To give students the skills and confidence to design, grow and maintain their own productive garden.  This includes the cultivation of a wide range of plants grown both past and present for human use as well as ornamentation.

The course will cover


 Basics of vegetable growing: knowing your soil and right plant, right place.

Setting out the beds, learning about crop rotation, the garden calendar and vegetable families.  Discussing varieties including perennials as well as annuals.   Learning propagation techiques. Growing vegetables in pots.


Basics of fruit growing.  Learning how to grow fruit on garden boundaries using formative pruning. Discussing and practising pruning.  Growing fruit in pots.  Learning about suitable rootstocks for garden fruit trees.



Plot maintenance  - dealing with pests and diseases and common weeds. Discussing thinning and supporting.  Companion planting and feeding.  Composting.


The cut flower garden: what to grow, when and where.  How to propagate, grow and harvest.



The Herb Garden – designing the bed, learning soil and aspect requirements.  How to utilise and store.  Investigating varieties.



How to design and plant a physic garden – potted history.  Plant usage through the ages.  Discussing plant varieties for medical use, dying, air freshening, cleaning etc.  How to harvest and use.



By the end of the course students should be able to: Design and plant a productive garden utilising both common and unusual varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruit and cut flowers. Propagate and maintain the garden based on mainly organic methods.


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Georgina Bordewich

Georgina has worked as a gardener and horticulturalist in a wide variety of garden styles and sizes. This has included working as head gardener in the regeneration of a 6 acre historical garden, as well as redesigning and maintaining small and medium size outdoor spaces. A niche area she has worked on recently has been designing and planting borders for weddings and seasonal celebrations. Georgina has taken her Level 3 Certificate with the RHS in Practical Horticulture and very much enjoys working with clients to educate them in the ongoing maintenance of their gardens. She has 3 young children and an allotment to fill in any spare time.

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