Planning your kitchen garden with Ria Marshall

Ref: S1D32051

Location: West Dean
Book now

Places available

About this course

Learn the key elements to growing successful vegetables at home, giving you the knowledge and skills to get started with your own beautiful and productive garden.

Course Description

The tutor will guide you through the basic principles of soil health and how you can identify problems that may arise. The day will include looking at plant supports and methods of protection from pests and diseases using organic principles, while welcoming wildlife into the garden.

The afternoon focus will be on planning for the growing year. You will learn about creating a sowing schedule and a crop rotation plan to ensure a healthy garden and harvests throughout the season, which can be used year after year.

The day will include a walk around the kitchen gardens at West Dean College, weather permitting.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Outdoor clothing – as the day includes a walk through the kitchen gardens
  • Pens/pencils and paper for note-taking (pencils work best in damp conditions)

Additional information

Outdoor clothing for a walk outside Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Ria Marshall

Rhiannon came to gardening with the desire to live an outdoor life. She has developed her skills in horticulture by working at a variety of farms and gardens and through studying at the Bristol Botanical Garden for RHS level 3. Rhiannon has run a market garden supplying the restaurants of Bristol and using the garden as a teaching space for all ages to learn about regenerative gardening and vegetable production.

Courses of interest