This 2 1/2 day course is aimed at gardeners, smallholders, orchard and woodland enthusiasts and is designed to teach participants about the science behind the different mulching materials and techniques, as well as introducing them to two of the many soil amendment strategies available; biochar and indigenous miccroorganisms.
Used correctly much can have a positive effect on both soil and plant health. Mulch supresses weeds, regulates soil temperature, improves soil structure, adds nutrients, increases soil micro-organism activity, reduces evaporation and helps to retain soil water.
A combination of both classroom and practical outdoor sessions will give you the tools to take away and use what you have learnt on your own land.
- What mulch is, its function, identify the different types and learn when to apply each one
- Biochar, its uses, how to make and activate (practical session)
- Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO's) - a practical session on how to make them
- The theory and practice of lasagne mulching and its place in a no-dig system, followed by a practical session.
Dr. Fran Osborn is a permaculture practitioner, currently finishing her Diploma in Applied Permaculture with many years experience working on permaculture sites both in the UK and Spain.
Ian Madej owns Mere Brow Farm and manages the permaculture practices on site.
For further details or to book contact Sadie Platt email@example.com