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Master Gardeners and the wall of horticultural truth

Master Gardeners and the wall of horticultural truth

Lincolnshire Master Gardeners were treated to another opportunity to have their hard volunteering rewarded through a training day held at Woodlands Organic Farm in Kirton.

The day started with Rick highlighting some case studies of activities around the county, including the work being done at Hovenden House, near Spalding and the four Master Gardeners engaged with adult learning classes. Following this, Philip Turvil, the programme manager and expert horticulturalist, took the volunteers through the experience of ‘the wall of horticultural truth’, where the vagueness of when exactly to sow and harvest food was explored. Much debate about when you could sow things, and the myriad of horticultural tricks involved, were discussed, and always with passion!

‘It’s tricky…’ Philip Turvil concludes what we can learn from the ‘Wall of Horticultural Truth’

Organic tea and coffee, in the relaxing atmosphere of the kitchen garden at the farm, was followed by a quick ‘Gardeners Question Time’ game, exploring how to respond best to novice gardeners, with our ‘expert’ panel of volunteers providing some model responses to quesetions. Philip then gave an interactive talk on pests and diseases and the organic principles behind prevention.

Top tip of the day was from Steven Jacklin, ‘If you are working with a school growing group, September and October are good months for planting Pak Choi, and the children get edible results before they break for Christmas!’

After a splendid organic lunch, with virtually no food miles or carbon foot print attached, the afternoon sessions began. Beneath your feet, the Garden Organic compost game proved both entertaining and educational as Philip explained the process of composting and the managing of organic soil. The volunteers then discussed methods employed in supporting households and what resources were useful and needed, rounding off a positive and productive day!

Our thanks to Woodlands Organic Farm for hosting our event.

Rick highlights the quarters activities

Master Gardener James tests his composting knowledge


Master Gardeners tuck into their organic lunch

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