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February training launches Master Gardener season


February training launches Master Gardener season

We welcomed volunteers from every programme this month with extra training days to kick start the food growing season.

Fuelled by cups of tea and free comfrey roots, there were four courses over two weekends filled with horticultural topics requested by Master Gardeners, including advanced sowing and ways to keep growing media fertile in containers. We also focused on how active listening skills help mentor a household or community group to grow food successfully. We then shared the many different resources available to volunteers.

Many thanks to all the Master Gardeners for our enthusiastic discussions! Special thanks to volunteers who took to the stage to share stories, our local community venues, and of course – to our co-ordinators Kate, Gabbie, Kate, and Fiona for all their hard work.

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Master Gardeners John and Sandy show their newly made windowsill reflector, complete with paper pots!

MG Caroline researches the horticultural resources available to volunteers for advising their households.

What to grow when - deciding what crops suit different growing conditions for households and community groups

Making windowsill light reflectors and paper pots - all from recycled items. Great organic growing for households

Active listening and horticultural debates, Islington Master Gardeners discuss

South London Master Gardeners!

Something funny about container growing...

Adjusting sowing and growing times for householders in London...

MG Allen presenting his volunteering efforts in a local children's centre where local families are growing food.

Written by Philip Turvil

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