This course introduces the learner to best practice in cultivating gardens and growing plants, to minimise pests and diseases using plant husbandry. We will look at identification of common pests and diseases, information about their life cycles and will consider the best methods for treatment. Sustainable garden practices and the need to treat pests and diseases with environmentally friendly methods will be the focus.
Sessions can be attended singly or as the complete series and no previous experience is needed. We will cover the principles of essential horticultural topics, as well as the science that underpins these principles, with learning consolidated through online quizzes and group discussions.
Sandie Cain joined the Garden team in 2018 as Horticultural Learning Co-ordinator with responsibility for the Schools Garden and horticultural learning. She studied horticulture at Plumpton College and Bicton College, and was previously head gardener of a Victorian walled garden producing vegetables, fruit, micro herbs and edible flowers for a Michelin Star restaurant. Sandie is passionate about horticulture with a special interest in kitchen gardens.