Plant health, pruning tips, the secret life of trees and discovering pond life are just some of the green topics being explored in a new series of free online garden workshops organised for adults and children.
In a bid to bring the great outdoors to green-fingered residents while social distancing rules remain, the team at Nubian Life in Ellerslie Road, in Shepherds Bush, has joined forces with charity Fulham Good Neighbours for the online workshops (via Zoom) live from the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden.
Natural fertility is the topic for the next adult session on Tuesday 9 June from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
The workshop will share tips for fertilising a garden naturally by designing plant communities and using plant teas. Experts will examine the crucial role of the soil-food-web in maintaining plant health as well as maximising the benefits to wildlife. Plus, there will be a practical section demonstrating how to make a plant tea, for fertilising gardens.
If pruning has got you in a pickle, then a session dedicated to How to Prune Your Plants on Tuesday 23 June from 6.30pm to 7.30pm will answer all those burning questions.
The workshop will explore how to go about cutting plants back while maintaining their health, and whether pruning damages the plant. If you have ever wondered the best time of year to prune plants and just how to do it, then get expert advice during this session.
The children’s sessions (ages four to 10) take place on Saturdays from 10.30am to 11am and kick off on Saturday (6 June) with a workshop delving into the life of trees.
Storytelling, drawing and painting are on the cards, as children encouraged to find out more about the unique leaves, bark and branches of their favourite trees.
Youngsters can learn about the amazing life of water creatures in the next session on Saturday 13 June, called Who Lives in a Pond?
Frogs, water boatmen and even leeches could star in the session, as children are encouraged to draw and paint the water-based creatures they learn about.
Vegetables are put under the spotlight in a workshop on Saturday 20 June, as the team at the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden ask How Do Vegetables Grow?
Explore some of the varieties growing at the garden, from the everyday veggies that adorn our plates, to more unusual shapes and tastes.
Then it’s all about worms on Saturday 27 June, as children can learn about the crucial role the humble worm plays in cleaning the soil.
Storytime and drawing finish off the session, so it will be pencils and pens at the ready to create a striking wiggly worm picture.
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