Gardening workshops

Get essential info and learn easy tricks to grow beautiful plants and tasty veg!

For those of you who want to improve your gardening skills and knowledge, and live in Belgium, welcome to my gardening workshops!

Gardening can be intimidating – there’s lots to learn and so many plants, products and methods out there. These workshops aim to simplify things for you, to give you a good grounding in the basics and help you on your way to becoming a happy and successful gardener!

The principles behind these workshop are:

  • To gain confidence by learning more about plants and what they need to grow well.
  • To garden sustainably, in harmony with nature and not against it: a beautiful garden is an ecosystem.
  • To have fun and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that gardening brings.
  • To never give up: we all have gardening ‘disasters’ but we can learn from them!

The workshops:

All workshops include a blend of theory and practice – you should have an opportunity to get your hands dirty! Content will be flexible, depending on participants’ interests, skills and experience, and the time of year.

Gardening basics: what you really need to know

To thrive, plants need adequate light, water, nutrients – this enables them to photosynthesise, using energy from the sun to create the food they need to grow and produce flowers and fruit. As a gardener, it’s your job to give your plants the best possible conditions for growth, and then let them do the hard work! We will look at how to maximise the potential of your plants, so they give their very best, by focusing on:

  • Looking after your garden soil, an often-overlooked but essential aspect of gardening
  • Sustainable watering and mulching
  • Organic matter, including making your own compost
  • Feeding your plants – why, when, how and with what
  • The principle of ‘right plant, right place‘, with some examples from around the garden
  • Dealing with pests and diseases, without harming the environment

This workshop can also be adapted to container growing if you mainly garden on a terrace, balcony or even just a few window boxes.

Next available dates for Gardening Basics:

  • Saturday 19 March 14.00-16.30 (fully booked)
  • Saturday 09 April 14.00-16.30 (fully booked)
  • Wednesday 30 March 15.00-17.30 (fully booked)
  • Saturday 23 April 14.00-16.30

Easy-peasy veg growing

There’s nothing like the taste of home grown veg, fresh from your plot, or pots, and grown without any harmful pesticides. It’s good for you, it’s good for the planet (think zero food miles) and it’s good for your wallet (for the cost of a packet of seed, you can have many delicious meals). This workshop will introduce you to ‘growing your own’ from seed, and show you how you can get great results by following a few simple techniques. We will then look at how to grow a selection of classic veg, from lettuces and cucumbers to carrots and peas, and many more, depending on what’s best to grow at that time of year.

Next available dates for Easy-peasy veg growing:

  • Saturday 26 March, 14.00-16.30 (fully booked)
  • Saturday 02 April, 14.00-16.30 (fully booked)
  • Wednesday 20 April, 15.00-17.30
  • Saturday 14 May, 14.00-16.30

Sign up for a workshop:

Each workshop is 2.5 hours long, and the cost per participant is 25 Euros, which includes materials. Workshops will take place in my garden in Watermael Boitsfort, Brussels (with the option to move indoors if the weather turns against us!). Minimum two and maximum six participants per workshop. Hope to see you there!

You’re now well on your way to being a happy and successful gardener!

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