LANDWORKERS' SKILLS: SALAD GROWING 2019

Join Ashley Wheeler from Trill Farm Garden, for a series of seasonal days learning about the techniques and crop plans that enable the garden team to grow around 3 tonnes of salad each year.

Content will be dependant on the time of year, so in Spring it will focus on:

  • crop planning for outdoor salad growing
  • varieties for late spring and early summer
  • propagation
  • bed preparation
  • planting
  • pest and diseases
  • harvesting outdoors


Summer course will centre around:

  • summer varieties of salad and balancing flavours, textures and colour
  • importance of successions through summer
  • compost
  • bed preparation
  • direct sowing
  • weed control
  • irrigation


The final course in autumn will be about:

  • crop planning for growing salad through the winter
  • bed preparation in tunnels
  • polytunnel growing
  • pests and diseases in polytunnels
  • harvesting winter salad
  • sellling salad to restaurants


There will be some overlap over the three days, but for an in-depth oversight into how we produce salad all year round we recommend that you book on all three days. Each day will be fairly focussed and to ensure that content is not repeated we will need to stay with the layout outlined.

This course is suitable for both experienced small scale salad growers as well as those who are thinking of starting a market garden and want to learn more about how to produce and sell salad all year.

Much of the course will be based outdoors. Suitable boots and waterproofs are required.

There is a 10% discount available to Landworkers' Alliance and CSA members, please contact us with details of your membership to receive the discount code.


One bursary ticket (half price) will also be offered to those who cannot afford the full ticket price. To apply for this please email ashley@trillfarm.co.uk with a little bit about yourself, what you would like to get from the course, and why you think you should be considered for the bursary.

 

Course Leader - Ashley Wheeler

Ashley has run Trill Farm Garden with his partner Kate for the last 9 years. Bought up on an organic smallholding, he learnt a huge amount from his parents who ran a box scheme in the 1990's. After his Horticulture degree at Reading University he and Kate came across the opportunity at Trill Farm to rent 2.5 acres to run their own market gardening business. They now sell salad and other vegetables and herbs to around 15 different restaurants, cafes and caterers almost all within 5 miles of the farm.

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Course times: 9:30am - 4:30pm.
Includes a delicious seasonal & organic lunch.

There is a 10% discount available to Landworkers' Alliance and CSA members, please contact us with details of your membership to receive the discount code.

One bursary ticket (half price) will also be offered to those who cannot afford the full ticket price. To apply for this please email ashley@trillfarm.co.uk with a little bit about yourself, what you would like to get from the course, and why you think you should be considered for the bursary.