Grow North 2018

A new Grow North series for 2018 opened on Sunday 11 March with a "Getting Started" workshop led by Toni Clarke and Maggie Wormald.

Grow North is a series of workshops for those new to growing and the more experienced, offering a chance for guidance from experienced tutors and hands-on  practice, together with  opportunities to meet and exchange tips and share ideas with others.

View and download the Grow North 2018 programme .

To book sessions or find out more, email
(Booking important as sessions will need minimum numbers to go ahead)

For more detail on a workshop check the Events calendar  or this website page nearer the date.

Notes on workshops which have taken place are available on the  Training notes  page.


Next Grow North session  (8)

Netherton Garden  Culbokie  IV7 8JH
Saturday 15 September
10.00 - 1.00

Tutors   Helen Greenwood and Brian Smith

Composting  -  'The Nitty-Gritty'

A workshop covering the basics of hot and cold composting, where to have your composting area, what one can and can't compost. There will also be a very brief overview of other ways to compost. The practical will be an opportunity to make a hot compost heap.

Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10)
Tea/coffee provided
The whole workshop will be outside
Come dressed for outdoor garden (including footwear) and current climate conditions! Bring garden gloves if you have them. 

Limited parking so if you know someone else attending please car share if possible. 

Booking essential : email

This event has now reached its full allocation.





Next Grow North session  (7)

Stoneybank  Culbokie  IV7 8JH
Saturday 1 September
10.00 - 1.00

Tutor     Maria Scholten   Scottish co-ordinator, Seed Sovereignty Programme

'Seed Saving'         

There’s a lot of interest these days in saving seed from vegetables, herbs and flowers – with good reason! But getting seed that pollinates well and is true to type isn’t as straightforward as all that, so why not come along to this workshop. 

Using saved seed opens up a huge range of heritage varieties that aren’t in the standard seed catalogues – often varieties that have been maintained because they suit small-scale growers and local conditions. And by collecting seed from plants that thrive here, you can end up with higher yields, longer seasons, better flavour. It has to be said though, there are some pitfalls and surprises – for instance broad beans will pollinate other varieties growing nearby, so if your neighbour is growing a different variety from yours, you’ll end up with a cross between the two. French beans, on the other hand, don’t readily cross-pollinate, so you can safely save seed from different varieties growing next to each other.

Maria Scholten from the Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty programme will lead the workshop, and will have lots more tips for collecting and saving seed – and there will be an opportunity to get some hands-on practice.

Maria's latest newsletter for the Seed Sovereignty programme is on the Food & Growing / Seed saving / Seed Sovereignty page.

Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10)
Tea/coffee provided
Come dressed for outdoor garden  (including footwear) and current climate conditions !

Booking essential : email

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