Soil management past and present needs to be taken more seriously throughout Europe. As the basis of everything we do in gardening, it is currently of huge international significance with soil degradation being a major environmental concern. It also holds the key to much of our horticultural heritage, literally underpinning the conservation of our historic gardens.
All day-winter webinar
An all day-winter webinar in Soil management will be arranged on the 8th February 2022. The speakers Speakers on the webinar is the Swedish Archaeologist, Karin Lindeblad. The Norwegian and Swedish Gardeners and Teachers in horticulture for historical gardens: Marit Myrstad and Catarina Sjöberg. The Swedish Garden Antiquarian, researcher and author Maria Flinck. The gardener and conservation biologist at the hamlet of Äskhult Johan Gustavsson. The British No-dig expert Charles Dowding and the Hampton Court gardener Hilary Theaker.
Topics in the webinar:
Soil Archaeology: the answer lies in the soil
Cultivation methods: to dig or not to dig
Recipes for growing media: then and now
A two days practical workshop will be arranged in May 2022 hosted by Norges grønne fagskole – Vea in Norway, using Olav L. Moens garden plan for Vea from 1924 as a starting point.
A visit to Helgøya will also be a part of the workshop – visiting a medieval lime stone quarry with two 1800’s lime ovens and Hovelsrud farm. A part of the visit is trying out different soil additives such as lime, biochar, compost, manures, wormeries and liquid feeds.
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