Start the new year by preparing for Spring! Spend the colder months learning about a sustainable approach to gardening and be ready for a productive year . This course has run very successfully this autumn and St Paul’s Learning Centre and will be running again from January.The course is available at two centres:

Stoke Lodge Learning Centre 10–12am Mondays
12 weeks from 9 January 2012 · £96/£36conc
St Paul’s Learning Centre 6.30–8.30pm Wednesdays
12 weeks from 11 January 2012 · £120/£60

It will be an introduction to sustainable gardening, that has a low impact on resources (including your budget!) and enhances the environment. The course will explore organic methods and permaculture design principles to develop your approach to your garden. Give yourself some new perspectives in time for the next growing season by looking at practical and sustainable ways of increasing the fertility and productivity of your garden space. We will also look at ways to rethink ‘pests’ and ‘weeds’ and put your garden in the context of its broader environment. Each week will include practical advice on seasonal activities and information on local resources and projects so you can take these ideas further.

1. An introduction to sustainable gardening.
2. Approaches to organic gardening.
3. An introduction to permaculture design.
4. A fertile garden – working with soil, compost, water and plants to create a fertile garden.
5. A productive garden part 1 – growing vegetables
6. A productive garden part 2 – growing fruit
7. A productive garden part 3 – useful perennials and unusual edibles.
8. Propagation – producing your own plants from cuttings, division and saved seed.
9. A wildlife garden, part 1: creatures – enhancing wildlife in the garden, rethinking ‘pests’
10. A wildlife garden, part 2: wildflowers and useful plants, rethinking ‘weeds’
11. Gardening in a small space.
12. Where to go from here – allottment gardening and community gardens.

All these details can be found online –
by phone 0117 903 8844  or in the adult learning servies brochure which is available in all city libraries.