Learn how to lay a hedge, prune, bottle, plant, preserve…

Graham and Nicky Elliott have just published a list of all the courses they’ll be offering this year – sign up quickly if you’re interested as they are popular (and excellent!):

Hands-On Courses | 2011 Programme

All courses are at Graham and Nicky’s organic smallholding in the Waveney Valley (2 Old Hall Barsham Beccles NR34 8HB)

See sketch MAP
Download flyer HERE

Please try and use sustainable modes of travel to come to these courses.

As most people will need to arrive by car, lift sharing is encouraged.  Graham and Nicky will contact course participants if there are any possible lift sharing possibilities. There are buses and trains to Beccles which is 2 miles away.

Hedge Laying and Maintenance

Dates:     Saturday 5th March 2011

Time:      2pm – 5pm

Cost:       £15 (includes refreshments), cheques payable to “Graham Elliott”

Tutor:      Paul Jackson

Fruit Tree Pruning

Dates:     Saturday 12th March 2011

Time:      11am – 5pm (with an hour break for lunch)

Cost:       £30 (includes lunch and refreshments), cheques payable to “Graham Elliott”

Tutor:      Paul Jackson

Fruit and Veg. Bottling

Dates:     Saturday 17th September 2011

Time:      2pm – 5pm

Cost:      £12 (includes refreshments), cheques payable to “Graham Elliott”

Tutors:    Graham and Nicky Elliott

Grow-Your-Own & Food Preservation Workshops

Come and Try It!  Learn how to eat from your garden year round and meet much of your energy requirement from your plot. Graham and Nicky will show how to:-

  • grow fruit and vegetables for consumption all year round
  • dry apples and other fruit
  • make jam, jelly, syrup and chutney
  • bottle fruit, including tomatoes
  • make wine
  • store vegetables
  • make apple juice and cider
  • make compost, leafmould and comfrey liquid manure
  • grow and manage your own firewood
  • generate solar heated water

A series of half day practical workshops looking at seasonal growing and preserving of vegetables and fruit.  Bring warm clothes, waterproof, sun hat, wellies and gardening gloves as appropriate!  Max. 10 people per workshop.

Each workshop will cover what needs to be done at that specific time of year as well as an overview of fruit and vegetable production and preservation for the whole year.  Each individual workshop will have its own distinct focus depending on the time of year.

Course Dates for 2011

9 April: Ground preparation, seed-sowing and protection
14 May: Soil fertility and planting out. Solar water heating
11 June: Drying herbs and flowers, summer drinks, weeding techniques
9 July: Syrups, jams and jellies, water management
13 August: Fruit drying and bottling, pest and disease control
10 September: Wine-making, seed-saving
8 October: Apples: storage, juice and cider-making, chutneys
5 November: Vegetable storage, drying apples, wood as fuel, pruning soft fruit

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Cost: £80 for set of workshops (transferable by arrangement), £12 per individual session. (Cost includes refreshments.)

Tutors: Graham and Nicky Elliott

Accommodation available if required. Click HERE for details

Advanced booking essential!
Further information:
E-mail    graham@bikeways.org.uk

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