Tony Chalcraft will be joining us again in 2017 for three vegetable gardening courses and a new soft fruit growing course.
Using organic methods, Tony has grown just about every type of fruit and vegetable that can be grown in the North of England. He specialises in having fresh produce all through the year, mainly grown outside, but also using greenhouses and a polytunnel.
It is this expertise that make his courses here so popular. Early booking is recommended.
All workshops will mainly be held indoors, but you will get an opportunity to see the vegetable garden here at Stillingfleet Lodge as a reference point.
Wednesday October 4th – Growing Soft Fruit
This new course is aimed at those who have or would like to grow soft fruit (berries). In this workshop, Tony will cover all aspects of growing common types of soft fruit including planting, pruning, varieties, pests and diseases and making the most of the harvest.
Time 10:00 – 12:30 Cost £35
Tony Chalcraft has been growing fruit and vegetables in Yorkshire for more than thirty years. Together with his partner Jane, Tony cultivates a one acre garden as well as having an allotment.
Tony is a founder member of York Organic Gardeners Association and has helped set up community food growing projects in Yorkshire. With Jane he has run many classes on fruit and vegetable growing and gives talks on gardening topics to local clubs and societies. Tony and Jane’s garden is open each year for charity through the National Garden Scheme.
Here are some testimonials for the vegetable gardening courses:
“I can highly recommend this course about growing vegetables organically, it answered all the queries I had thought of, including those I hadn’t! I came away knowing exactly to how set out my garden and with specific advice about what would grow at its latitude and elevation. After the course I spent a happy couple of hours looking around Stillingfleet Lodge gardens and came away with three plants from the nursery.”
“I found Tony and Jane extremely knowledgeable and they have inspired me to grow more veggies from seed and truly adopt the organic way.”
“We really enjoyed the veg course today,and found it very useful and inspirational, Tony was a fount of knowledge and very generous with his knowledge and experience. Many thanks”
“I started growing veg 2 years ago but having been to your Vegetable Growing course I now feel I understand so much more about what has worked and what hasn’t, and why. Discussions were fun and informal but packed with information and top tips for people at every level. Looking forward to getting my plot started with renewed energy and understanding this year.”
Wednesday 8th March – Introduction to Growing Vegetables
Aimed at aspiring, beginning and improving vegetable gardeners, this session looks at what vegetables are best to grow in the north of England with emphasis on:
- designing and planning a productive garden
- basic techniques for growing common crops
- how easy and worthwhile particular crops are to grow.
Time: 10:00-12:30 Cost: £35
Wednesday August 23rd – Getting More From Greenhouses and Polytunnels
This new course is aimed at those who have, or are planning to have a greenhouse, polytunnel or other protected cropping area, this session looks at using these spaces all through the year.
As well as covering how to grow summer crops under cover, such as tomatoes and raise vegetable seedlings in the spring, the session will give particular attention to using under cover growing areas for winter veg production, including salad crops.
Time: 10:00 – 12:30 Cost £35
Wednesday 20th September – Growing More and Better Vegetables
Aimed at the improving or more experienced vegetable gardener, this session will look at vegetable growing in more detail. As well as covering in detail techniques for growing particular crops it will look at more unusual crops and growing for harvest all through the year.
Subjects covered include:
- the varieties of vegetables to grow
- when to plant different seeds and succession planting
- How to grow different vegetables
- preparing the soil and composting
- pest and weed control.
Time: 10:00-12:30 Cost: £35