Introduction to Biodynamic Gardening
Biodynamic gardening offers a unique holistic approach to organic gardening, and brings a new dimension and understanding of how to work with Nature in your garden. This course offers an overview of the biodynamic approach to gardening, its philosophy and its main practical methods.
The course will cover:
- Planning your biodynamic garden: the importance of bee plants, open pollinated seeds and water
- Soils and how to nurture them
- The use of the planting calendar
- The use of Biodynamic preparations
- The biodynamic kitchen garden
A tour of the Biodynamic Garden at Ryton Organic Gardens is also included.
Argent College is the newest educational provision of the Ruskin Mill Trust network of schools and colleges for young people with complex learning needs. Ruskin Mill Trust hold biodynamic farming and gardening as a central pillar of its educational method, and runs its own biodynamic apprenticeship programme. Argent College welcomes visitors, and has its own café, using produce from its rooftop garden.
The course will be led by biodynamic grower and enthusiast Matthew Hayes. Matthew is currently a tutor and development manager for the new rooftop garden at Argent College in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, and also runs his own commercial market garden in Hungary.
Matthew completed his biodynamic apprenticeship at Tablehurst Farm in 1986 , and worked as a gardener and educator since, including setting up an running an organic training farm at Szent Istvan University in Hungary, where he lived for over 20 years. Like many gardeners who get to know and use biodynamic methods, Matthew finds himself ever more convinced of the importance of the biodynamic approach, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience at these workshops.
Details of this course are subject to change. * £30 also applies to Biodynamic Association members.