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 this workshop explores in detail how Biodynamic gardening achieves this in practice.
Workshop No 2 Tuning into the Rhythms of Nature Wednesday 15th November 9.30am – 1.00pm
Gardens are composed of plants and this workshop focuses on the central role of the plant; what is the essential nature of the plant, and how do we get to understand plants as living entities?
Plants live in the boundary between the earth and the wider cosmos. They have a special relationship with water, light and warmth (the root zone will be dealt with in the next workshop). Creating a healthy garden (home for your plants) is about getting a good balance between these elements, and understanding what different plants need.
Plants move not so much in space but in time – growing through the seasons. Developing a relationship with the seasons helps to understand our plants better, and what they need at different phases in their growth.
Biodynamics provides some insights into how to understand plants within the rhythms of Nature, which can lead into practical ways to approach plants and work with them as crops and companions. We will explore all these fascinating aspects during the workshop
What will you get out of the workshop?
– An understanding of how to work with the biodynamic sowing and planting calander
– A way of looking at plants as root, leaf, flower and fruit crops –
– An insight into how working with the seasons and rhythms of Nature can enrich your gardening experience
– A knowledge about how to use the biodynamic preparations
– A new way to meet plants
The course will cover:
The plant‘s unique position between sun and earth
Cosmic forces: the sun, moon and planets
The planting calendar, and how to use it
Root, leaf, flower, and fruit days – and how to use these in your gardening and cooking
The role of Biodynamic preparations
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.