The Science and Practice of Successful Vegetable Gardening – Intensive Weekend Course

Have you been wanting to improve your gardening skills?

Stepney City Farm is offering the Science and Practice of Successful Vegetable Gardening as an intensive weekend course, to give you all of the skills you need to grow vegetables successfully.

Whether you already do a bit of gardening or are a complete novice this course will give you the theory, practical skills and confidence to garden successfully, whether your aim is to garden in a small windowbox or a large allotment.

Each week can be done individually, or as part of the course.

The course will cover the following:

Day 1 – Basics of Gardening – the biology of plants, how it relates to our care for them, best practice seed sowing, transplanting and cutting techniques, Proper tool use, soil restoration and preparation

Day 2 – Soil testing, basic surveying skills, maintenance – watering, weeding and feeding plants, planning a garden space

Course Tutor is Simon White who has been managing and teaching sustainable growing techniques, permaculture and solar in both the UK and Africa for the last five years. He has run ecological food production programmes at several small farms and city farms. He likes to make organic fertiliser, grow mushrooms, build solar panels and experiment with different sustainable food techniques, as well as growing as much fruit and vegetables as possible.

The two-day course will cost applicants £50 or £30 for one day.

Fees include lunch both days from our cafe, tuition, refreshments, handouts, information sheets and email advice.

Booking is essential as some of our courses will be fully booked weeks in advance, and can be done online at or by emailing . However if places are still available then reservations can be made until 4pm the day before the course.

The course runs during the weekend of April 26 and 27 from 10am until 4pm at Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way E1 3DG .



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