Gardening In ShadeMy Online School
£ 185 - (214 €)
- Short course
¿Qué aprendes en este curso?
Each lesson starts with a video from your expert tutor, which you can watch whenever you like. When you’re ready, you can practice what you’ve learned with an assignment which unlocks the next lesson.
1. 1 Preparation ~30 mins 2 hours
In this first lesson we will examine different types of shade –Woodland shade under existing trees, - what trees could grow quickly to create a 'woodland' –Shade cast by fences, walls where the sky is open above, but the planting faces north-facing –Or indeed a mixture of both You will understand how to choose plants that suit the soil be it dry or heavy and damp; acid or alkaline; and whether the site is susceptible to frost or not. We will work out the usage of the area, whether it encompasses pathways, assessing cost and sourcing suitable plants. We will look specifically at planting plans for open shade with no direct sunlight
2. 2 Design and Materials ~30 mins 2 hours
In lesson 2 we will look at simple methods of drawing up a plan on graph paper and how to position existing features, such as trees, on the plan. We will look at materials for paths and how to deal with differing levels of ground. We will look at methods of how to create shade without trees, for example pergolas, tunnels, fences and walls and looking at how to maintain them. In this lesson we will also cover how best to choose statuary, containers, seats and sitting areas and how to maintain a shady area and prevent weeds. Finally we will look at Planting plans for north facing walls. What to plant and how to prepare the soil for the best results.
3. 3 Designing and Choosing Plants ~30 mins 2 hours
In this lesson together we will work out where any path should run, considering different aspects of the garden. We will look at raising the crown of existing mature shrubs and trees. Starting with the winter bones of the garden, you will learn how to choose suitable plants for shade to suit all different soil kinds - dry or damp, acid or alkaline, and where to source them. We will cover a number of suggestions of suitable plants – trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and spring ephemera to create a layered effect. This week we will look specifically at planting plans for woodland gardens.
4. 4 Planting and Finishing Off ~30 mins 2 hours
In this lesson we will look at preparing the site for planting, removing weeds and levelling the soil. How best to space the plants out on the ground, digging the hole, adding organic matter and when and how often to water. You will learn about common pests and how to deal with them and finally how to cut down the herbaceous growth in winter. We will see numerous examples of shady gardens for inspiration. In this final week we will look at planting plans for dry shady borders under trees
Want to do this when the kids have gone to sleep? That’s fine. Or prefer to do it all in one weekend, that’s fine too. As soon as you’ve started your course you will have access to your first lesson. Each lesson has one video and an optional assignment. As soon as you’ve submitted your first assignment that unlocks the next video. But don’t worry if life gets in the way, and you don’t get a chance to finish your assignment, we’ll always release your next video after a week so you can still get access to the expert advice. Each video of around 30 minutes long and assignments tend to take about 1-2 hours