Gardening, allotment and smallholder courses

 Sally writes on a wide variety of gardening and smallholder topics and has put together two courses aimed at people with small
acreages, an allotment  or garden

An introduction to growing fruit and vegetables

Course tutor: Sally Morgan

This is a new course aimed at people who have started growing veg or taken on an allotment and want to learn more about becoming more self sufficient in fruit and vegetables. Cost £95

This full day course looks at growing healthy organic fruit and vegetables, looking at soil, no dig methods, mulching, creating beds, raised beds and hugelkultur and more.

Planning your crops is important so Sally covers traditional rotations as well as alternative approaches such as polyculture and continuous cropping. This is followed by a session on growing soft and top fruits.
There is also a session on pests and disease.

This full day course looks at growing healthy organic fruit and vegetables, looking at soil, no dig methods, composting, mulching, cover crops, creating beds, raised beds and hugelkultur.

Planning your crop sequences is important so Sally covers traditional rotations as well as alternative approaches such as polyculture and continuous cropping. This is followed by a session on growing soft and top fruits and coping with pests and disease.

There will be a tour of the kitchen garden, one acre plot, polytunnel and allotments.

This course is run several times during the year. The content is varied to tie in with the season. The spring dates give you a chance to look at the vegetable plots early in the season while the late summer/autumn dates enable you to appreciate the vegetable gardens, polytunnel and orchards at peak productivity.

The cost of this course is £95  for the first person with a discount ticket of £75 for the second and subsequent person booked at the same time. The numbers on these days are limited to 10 people. The price includes all tuition, course notes, a copy of one of Sally’s books, a light lunch and refreshments during the day. The day starts at 10 am, with arrival from 9.45 am. There is a final Q and A session  and the course ends at about 4 pm.

Dates for 2022  Sunday 10 April

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Living on one acre or less

Course tutor: Sally Morgan

You don't need acres of land to have a smallholding, an acre or less is all you need to keep a couple of pigs, some poultry, have an orchard, grow loads of veg and keep some bees. Find out how you can achieve this on this full day course. Cost £95

Our one acre plot shows just what can be done with a small area and has pig and poultry pens, large vegetable and herb growing area, polytunnel, small orchard, cordon fruit trees, fruit wall, edible hedgerow, perennial vegetables, a grow-your-own spices area, compost bins and more.  Sally likes to grow unusual veg, so expect to see quinoa, oca, yakon, skirret, salsify and butterbeans to name but a few.  You will also see our productive walled garden which has a small orchard, kitchen garden with dipping pond, cut flowers, and herb garden.

Learn how to plan your own mini farm to keep livestock such as chickens (both layers and meat), ducks, turkeys, pigs, even sheep and goats, and become self sufficient in vegetables. The practical planning session looks at how much you can fit into the space and highlights  the key points you have to consider  such as access, zoning, aspect etc. Important principles such as soil management, fertility, crop rotation, companion planting will be covered together with the basics of keeping livestock, fencing and water harvesting. You will also look at the paperwork you need to keep animals, such as holding and herd numbers, movement licenses, and cover issues such as keeping animals in urban areas.

This course is run several times during the year. The content is varied to tie in with the season. The spring dates give you a chance to look at the vegetable plots early in the season while the summer / autumn dates enable you to appreciate the vegetable gardens and polytunnel at peak productivity and see the pigs which will be ready to go.

The April date will focus on planning and rotations. The vegetable beds will be covered, the fruit cage will be planted up. The polytunnel will be full of newly sown modules and winter veg. The piglets and meat birds will not have arrived, but you will be able to see our Kune Kune pigs, poultry and bees kept elsewhere on the farm plus the new flower farm and orchards. We look at topics such as composting, green manures, hugelkultur beds, and weed control. The advantage of this date is that you will have time to go home and get started yourself.

By early summer the veg beds will be full of the first plantings, the polytunnel planted up with salads,  tomatoes and cucumbers  and the piglets will have arrived. We may have some ducklings or meat bird chicks too. There will be a chance to walk around the small flower farm. Courses later in the year  give participants the chance to see the vegetable gardens and polytunnel in full production, the pigs will be at porker weight and ready for slaughter and there will be some ducks and possibly turkeys around. Part of the day will look at planning for winter crops and the next year.

The cost of this course is £95  for the first person with a discount ticket of £75 for the second and subsequent person booked at the same time. The numbers on these days are limited to 10  people. The price includes all tuition, course notes, a copy of one of Sally’s books, a light lunch and refreshments during the day. The day starts at 10 am, with arrival from 9.45 am. There is a final Q and A session  and the course ends at about 4 pm.

Next available date Saturday 9 April

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The Soil Association Organic Standard

Office: 01963 371681  Butchery courses 07937 174106
sally@empirefarm.co.uk