Kitchen Gardening weekends with Caroline Aitken

Summary information

A seasonal weekend course on creating and managing a successful and abundant food garden. The course will include hands-on practical sessions and all the theory you need to make your kitchen garden grow and keep your larder full. From crop planning to soil care, pest control to storing produce, this course will show you environmentally friendly and sustainable approaches to growing your own food. The course will give you time saving and energy saving tips and inspire you to create a garden that works in harmony with nature.

​The March course will cover: seasons in the gardener’s year, crop planning, jobs to do in winter and spring, permaculture methods which will help you create a more productive garden, soil care, testing and profiling, different kinds of composting and mulching, no-dig methods, crop planning to produce food all year round and how to observe and work with the different microclimates in your garden.

The June course will cover: seasons in the gardener’s year, jobs to do in summer and autumn, what to grow – advice on how to choose annual and perennial vegetables to cultivate, how to plan your mixed vegetable crop (to maximise space, deter pests, minimise weeding and watering), Forest Gardening, pest management, growing fruit trees (understanding rootstocks and fertilisation), making plant feed, guidance on how to store and preserve produce and energy saving tips for harvesting. 

Caroline is the lead teacher, design consultant and director of Patrick Whitefield Associates, a permaculture design consultancy, set up by respected permaculture teacher and author, Patrick Whitefield. Caroline originally trained with Patrick before working along side him for eight years, and has a background in design, organic food growing and horticulture and used to work as an eco-cook.

Booking and further information
Telephone number: 
01730 823166
Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield GU32 1HR
£135 for one weekend or £240 for both weekends (non-resident
Contact name: 
Suz Lambert
Lead teacher info
Dates and times
More dates and times information: 
09:30 - 17:30 £240 for both weekends (non-residential) Accommodation is available
7 March 2020 to 8 March 2020
20 June 2020 to 21 June 2020
Venue information

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