GARDENING TRAINING & LEARNING  

Basic Gardening Skills  
 
Week 1 
 
Introduction and tour of 2-acre garden; discussing plants, plant types, plant classification, garden design 
 
Introduction to hedging: different types, their use, and identity 
 
Seed sowing: herbs in glasshouse (parsley, basil, mint) using a propagator and direct ground sowing procedures 
 
Question and answer session  
 
Finish . . . 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 2 
 
Soil demonstration: types, conditions, benefits, how to improve for planting, composting, etc. 
 
Discussion on plant food, uses ad and benefits. Briefing on nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and using the right food for the right purpose 
 
How to plant correctly 
 
Pruning strawberries and tomatoes 
 
Sowing seeds for flowers 
 
Question and answer session 
 
Finish... 
 
Week 3 
 
Pruning unwanted growth to help shape plants 
 
Rose pruning and feeding, pests and insects (discussion about chlorophylls) 
 
Cutting back alpine plants 
 
Question and answer session  
 
Finish . . . 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 4 
 
Soft fruit growing, potential issues (support, insects, watering), when to prune 
 
Planting in colour schemes 
 
Planting containers, including bedding plants and bulbs 
 
Discussion on horticulture organisations, potential courses & accreditation 
 
Question and answer session 
 
Finish 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Design and Grow 
 
Week 1 
 
Design using herbaceous plants for longevity 
 
Designing with colour/timing (herbaceous plants) 
 
Where to plant (habit, conditions) 
 
Plants for ground cover 
 
Pruning apple/pear trees (reasons) 
 
Spatial awareness with plants depending on size of area 
 
Finish . . . 
 
Week 2 
 
Why do we use bulbs/types/seasons 
 
Taking cuttings (plant propagation) leaf/stem/root 
 
Plant division to increase quantity 
 
Starting vegetables from seed germination 
 
Growing salad items (tomatoes/lettuce) indoors 
 
Finish... 
 
Week 3 
 
Planting vegetables (how/why/when) 
 
Using weed membrane/mulch benefits/choices 
 
Weed control - why we should remove (host plants for pests and disease) 
 
Plants suitable for cut flowers (extend the season) 
 
Finish . . . 
 
Week 4 
 
Great evergreen plants for foliage not flowers (Phormium/bamboo/etc) 
 
Dead-heading of spent flowers (why and how) herbaceous/alpines 
 
When to cut back plants (right timing to promote shape and new growth 
 
Plant hormones - what do they do and how to control 
 
Finish 
 
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