Caring for your kitchen garden with Ria Marshall

Garden courses

Ref: S1D11697

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About this course

Learn how to set up and care for your own productive vegetable garden. Ria will guide you through soil preparation, soil health, plant raising, pest and disease management and crop care, while creating space for nature to thrive.

Course Description

Using theory and practical work, Ria will guide you through the basics of soil preparation, soil health, plant raising and crop care. The day will also include managing pests and diseases while creating diversity, beauty and space for nature to thrive.

In this one-day introduction to home vegetable growing you will dig into the key elements for vegetable growing, giving you the knowledge and skills to get started with your own beautiful and productive garden. We cover basic principles of soil health, which will include how to prepare the soil for planting and compost making. You will learn how to raise and care for your plants, some of this will include practical work such as seed sowing, which you will be able to take home and care for.

How to plant and care for your plot throughout the season will also be covered, through looking at plant support methods and protection from pests and diseases using organic principles, while welcoming wildlife into the garden.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply materials used for sewing some seeds to start your crop.

What students need to bring

  • Your own garden trowel
  • Outdoor clothing – suitable for gardening, including wet weather gear, boots and gardening gloves.
  • Pens/pencils and paper for note-taking (pencils work best in damp conditions).
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.

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