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Design and Construction of a Forest Garden – 2 Days ( 16-17 September 2017)
Designing an Edible Forest Garden
This is a two day course designed to help people gain an insight into designing and constructing their own Forest Garden.
- Definition of a Forest Garden
- First principles
- 7 layered system
- Points for consideration: Land-soil-aspect-Topography-water-previous activities on that site.
- Your needs verses site resources
- Access: Footpaths-machinery.
- Boundaries: Legal & physical.
- Water: Access for watering-water table-surface water run off-flooding-contamination & ponds.
- Soil: Types-ph-compaction-contamination-machinery & aeration
- Plants: Selecting the right plant for the right place-considering what you want and what your site will permit. The 7 layers. Wind breaks- hedging & screening.
- Planning: Transforming what you have to what you want: points to consider.
- Design of permanent features: Main structural trees-water features-shelter-buildings-fences-hedges-paths.
- Weather: Consideration.
- Pollination: Bees & other beneficial insects.
- Practical application
- Planting: Techniques & timing.
- Mulching: Techniques- uses- types & frequencies.
- Grass management: Equipment & frequencies.
- Natural plant growth promoters: including- mycorrhizal fungi-biochar & compost tea.
- Compost: Types and uses.
How to find The Forest Garden
You can use the address at the bottom of the site to find us via GPS device. You can also view our location on Google Maps here.