We have teamed up with Amy our 'Gourmet Gardener', to offer this fantastic discovery break which includes a workshop at her beautiful walled gardens in Llanover, as well as dinner, bed and breakfast.
There are several breaks available over the course of 2019:
Sunday 12th May - Introduction to Organic Gardening (10.00am-4.00pm)
Come and spend the day in the beautiful walled garden and learn the basics of organic gardening. Amy and Simon, who have 10 years of experience growing vegetables and fruit organically will lead a tour of the garden and outline the basics of growing food organically.
Topics discussed will include seed sowing, weeding, compost making, successional sowing, crop rotation pest and disease control and harvesting and storage. You will be given a series of worksheets for you to take home to help put into practice what you’ve learnt.This course is partly practical and you will have the opportunity to sow seeds for you to transplant back at home as well as harvesting a selection of produce for you to enjoy.
Monday 17th June - No-Dig Gardening (12.00pm - 2.30pm)
With 10 years of gardening experience, Amy and Simon have decided to run the walled garden at Llanover using no-dig methods. We will demonstrate the basics of no-dig gardening using the walled garden to outline how no-dig gardening works in practice.
The aim for the course is for you to leave with enough confidence to start to apply the no-dig principles in your own garden.
Sunday 7th July - Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers (10.00am - 3.00pm)
Learn how to create a cutting patch for cut flowers to provide bunches of flowers for your house. You will then go into the garden and learn how to pick and condition the flowers and make them into a lovely hand tied bunch to take home.
Sunday 4th August - Growing and Using Edible Flowers (10.00am - 3.00pm)
This course will show you how to grow edible flowers in your garden and the different ways to use them. You will be tasting a wide range of flowers and learn the best edible varieties. You will be sowing pots of edible flowers to grow on at home, then you will have the opportunity to pick some flowers and use them to decorate canapes and cupcakes to take away.
Monday 9th September - Seed Saving (10.00am - 3.00pm)
Many gardeners find that saving their own seeds is a valuable skill to use in their own gardens. While it can save money, seeds saved will often germinate more easily and will grow into much stronger and healthier plants than seeds produced commercially.
Simon will explain the underlying principles of seed saving and course participants will have a chance to carryout some seed saving techniques during the day. The aim is for you to leave with enough confidence to try saving your own seed in your own gardens.
Monday 14th October & Monday 11th November - Preserving Home Grown Vegetables through fermentation (10.00am - 2.00pm)
Fermented foods are rich in probiotics to improve digestion, reduce inflammation and benefit your immune and mental health! We’ll discuss the benefits of fermented foods and demonstrate easy techniques to ferment a wide variety of vegetables. Learn how to make your own fermented vegetables using different techniques. We'll teach you how to make tasty krauts and kimchi, as well as a variety of brined vegetables. You'll leave with 2 jars of veggies to take home.
Sunday 8th December - Christmas Wreaths and Table Decorations (10.00am - 3.00pm)
Immerse yourself in festive spirit with this practical workshop. You will be taught how to make beautiful wreaths, garlands and table decorations using seasonal, locally foraged elements to take home and adorn your house.