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  • My new evening course: Allotment Gardening!

    Hi everyone,

    Just had to share ... last night was the first class in my Allotment Garden evening course (errr, I'm attending, not presenting in case there's any confusion!). We have 6 evening classes, and 4 morning "practicals" at a real plot.

    I loved it! But I'll need to be careful in case I come across as the annoying one who won't quit asking questions. It's just amateur enthusiasm. I'll just need to save some of my questions for here. Given my ignorance, there's plenty to go around.

    Our tutor has over 30 years experience. Most interesting (to me) was he gardened at Pollock House in Glasgow for 10 years, think he was the head fruit & veg gardener, and now he works for the council teaching all their gardeners and landscapers.

    This week we covered the theory behind soil types & remedies, depths, how/when to dig etc, and basic crop rotation. Homework for next week is to come up with a plot design. Perfect. Just what I'm trying to do at the moment. And best of all, we're to bring soil samples in and we'll test them to see what we've got. Yippee

    But why oh why do I have only two raised beds? I need three for rotation

    Can't wait for next week.
    Caro

    Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day

  • #2
    Lucky you! Sounds like a really fun course

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    • #3
      I second that, lucky you :-) Wish there was something like that near where I live.

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      • #4
        Sounds really great, lucky you. Ask all the questions you want and don't worry about being annoying. When will you get a chance like this again?
        WPC F Hobbit, Shire police

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        • #5
          I'm so chuffed for you Caro, the buzz of enthusiasm...Arrrrr I remember it well, your tutor sounds like a fountain of knowledge, you'll be a Guru before ya know it ...Enjoy.

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          • #6
            I need a course like that. In fact, I crave a course like that. Indeed, I DEMAND a course like that. My choices are English as a Second Language, Hairdressing or Midwifery.

            I know what you mean about crop rotation. My own plans have gone from two raised beds to six!
            The Idiot Gardener
            Five acres of idiocy: an idiot's journey to the heart of smallholding darkness!

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            • #7
              You can't beat nicking a bit of someone's years-of-experience. Sounds brilliant!
              Whoever plants a garden believes in the future.

              www.vegheaven.blogspot.com Updated March 9th - Spring

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              • #8
                It's so not fair we don't have courses like that unless you want to pay a fortune at Ryton Organics. Lucky you I'm sure you'll have grat fun and don't worry about asking too many questions that's what they're there for.
                S*d the housework I have a lottie to dig
                a batch of jam is always an act of creation ..Christine Ferber

                You can't beat a bit of garden porn

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                • #9
                  so lucky we do not have anything like that near me. i would love an evening course but it would have to be in summer as it gets dark so quickly

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Caro View Post
                    But why oh why do I have only two raised beds? I need three for rotation
                    Halve them, and do a 4-bed rotation?
                    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by binley100 View Post
                      It's so not fair we don't have courses like that unless you want to pay a fortune at Ryton Organics. Lucky you I'm sure you'll have grat fun and don't worry about asking too many questions that's what they're there for.
                      I thought their courses were quite cheap, compared to some I've been on and paid for.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Two_Sheds View Post
                        Halve them, and do a 4-bed rotation?
                        That would probably be more sensible. I was thinking of splitting them so that I had a 2/3rds section in each, plus 2x 1/3rds.

                        I might try that for this year, but if I have much success I can see a bit more of my lawn going next year
                        Caro

                        Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Caro View Post
                          That would probably be more sensible. I was thinking of splitting them so that I had a 2/3rds section in each, plus 2x 1/3rds.

                          I might try that for this year, but if I have much success I can see a bit more of my lawn going next year
                          Go on Caro, dig up some more lawn, it's totally necessary!
                          Granny on the Game

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Caro View Post
                            if I have much success I can see a bit more of my lawn going next year
                            .. well, you can't eat lawn
                            All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Florence Fennel View Post
                              Go on Caro, dig up some more lawn, it's totally necessary!
                              yes yes and some more yes - totally agree
                              aka
                              Suzie

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