Square metre gardening for adult beginners

Sunday, 17 January, 2021 - 12:30

Square metre gardening has been around so long, it used to be square yard gardening! This course explores the amazing amount of fruit and veg that you can grow and harvest all year round in a small, low maintenance space. This beginner level course will introduce novice growers to basic gardening skills using the square metre principle.

The course takes place at Farm School, at Shillingford Organic Farm in the beautiful Devon countryside: Learning sessions will be both outdoors and in our sheltered polytunnel. Warm clothing and sturdy footwear is essential.

The course is spread over three months to work with the growing year. There are three sessions. Each session is two hours long. The first session is in January, the second in February and the final meeting is in March. There will be activities for you to do at home between the sessions.

Cost and who can attend this course:

Cost for three sessions £40.00  Group size 6 maximum – adults over 18 only.

Who is teaching this course:

Angela Redmond, please refer to Angela's biography on our main Farm School page here:


Absolutely no experience of gardening is necessary; the course is also designed for people both with and without a garden. Tools will be provided on site, but participants will be encouraged to buy and share their own seeds.  The course is taught by a qualified gardener and passionate vegetable grower.

What the course covers:

  • Measuring and marking out your plot
  • Ground cover to clear your plot
  • No dig theory
  • Designing and planning your plot
  • Sources of seeds
  • Growing theory and practical planting
  • Plant care & pest control
  • Watering systems
  • Planting out
  • Harvesting theory & practice
  • Seed saving
  • Weather protection and seasonal planning

This course will be supported by a private Whatsapp group with ongoing communication and support between Farm School Sessions. Members will be encouraged to interact and share knowledge, questions and support.


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