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    grownorth@transitionblackisle.org
(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.

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Recent Grow North session  (9)

Willow Christmas Decorations

Saturday 3 November    Findon Hall  Culbokie 
Tutors  Penny Edwards and Julie Shortreed 

The group learnt how to make traditional willow Christmas decorations, including: 

  • A decorative Christmas tree woven with willow and some other foraged material and bits and pieces lying around the house
  • A stranded willow hoop which will last for years and can be made into a beautiful Christmas wreath using a variety of hedgerow and garden materials.
  • A Christmas willow star


Participants in the Christmas Willow Decoration Workshop show their trees, stars and wreaths. Find out how to make them here.

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A report on Session 8    Composting - 'The Nitty-Gritty'

Tutors   Helen Greenwood and Brian Smith

Most of us who grow our own veg understand the concept of composting...recycling our garden and kitchen waste to be re-used on the garden after some time has passed and it has rotted down.  I've been a random composter for years, chucking stuff in the compost bin and hoping for the best.  So, Saturday's Grow North workshop at Netherton Community Garden on composting was a great opportunity for me to learn how to compost less randomly, and hopefully more successfully as a result.

A group of eight of us gathered in the garden on a breezy autumnal day.  Helen and Brian shared information with us on hot and cold composting as well as on making leaf mould, and had us take part in a few hands on practical exercises as well.  I learned quite a few tips about composting that I will be able to put into practice right away, including the utility of having a shredder (something now on my Christmas list!). 

Marcia.

 

 

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