Would you like to grow nutrient –dense organic vegetables and fruit, brimming with health and vitality and endowed with natural resistance to pests & diseases?
Would you like to find out how to invigorate and regenerate your precious soil and make the best compost ever?
Would you like your garden to buzz with bees and beneficial wildlife? Would you like to grow beautiful plants, and flowers that bloom better, keep longer and are more fragrant?
Would you like to garden in accordance with Nature’s know how and seasonal rhythms? Are you curious about using herbal preparations and moon cycles to energise and bring more harmony to your garden?
Biodynamic gardening offers a unique holistic approach to organic gardening, and brings a new dimension and understanding of how to work with Nature in your garden.
This series of 5 workshops has been specially designed to enable you to discover and learn biodynamic principles and methods, and practice them in your own garden. A tour of the Biodynamic Garden at Ryton Organic Gardens is also included. Biodynamic gardening seeks to work with all the forces of Nature and these workshops explores in detail how Biodynamic gardening achieves this in practice.
Workshop No1 Introduction to Biodynamic Gardening
This workshop offers an overview of the biodynamic approach to gardening, its philosophy and its main practical methods including:
What does biodynamic gardening offer in addition to the organic approach?
Biodynamic philosophy explained, the role of the gardener in biodynamic gardening, and the garden as a personality.
Biodynamics today: biodynamics and permaculture and urban gardening.
How to get started:
· Planning your biodynamic garden: the importance of bee plants, open pollinated seeds, and water;
· Soils and how to nurture them;
· The use of the planting calendar;
· The use of Biodynamic preparations;
· The biodynamic kitchen garden.
The workshops will be led by biodynamic grower and enthusiast Matthew Hayes. Matthew is currently a tutor and development manager for the new rooftop garden at Argent College in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, and also runs his own commercial market garden in Hungary.
About Mathew Hayes
Matthew completed his biodynamic apprenticeship at Tablehurst Farm in 1986 and has worked as a gardener and educator ever since, including setting up an running an organic training farm at Szent Istvan University in Hungary, where he lived for over 20 years. Like many gardeners who get to know and use biodynamic methods, Matthew finds himself ever more convinced of the importance of the biodynamic approach, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience at these workshops.
Cost [Garden Organic or Biodynamic Association member]: £ 30.00
Cost [non member]: £ 36.00
FFI and to book: Contact Phone: 024 7630 3517 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, book a place or register your interest online.
Full Venue Address: Garden Organic, Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 3LG
These workshops are run in conjunction with the Biodynamic Association: www.biodynamic.org.uk and the Ruskin Mill Trust: www.rmt.org
To find out more about biodynamic gardening, click here: https://www.biodynamic.org.uk/garden/
Argent College is the newest educational provision of the Ruskin Mill Trust network of schools and colleges for young people with complex learning needs. Ruskin Mill Trust hold biodynamic farming and gardening as a central pillar of its educational method, and runs its own biodynamic apprenticeship programme.
Argent College welcomes visitors, and has its own café, using produce from its rooftop garden.