Practical horticulture at Organic Blooms At Organic Blooms we pride ourselves on our practical horticulture expertise.

There is, of course, a place for in-depth knowledge of Latin botanical names and microbiological plant structures. That knowledge, however, doesn’t necessarily translate into the ability to grow healthy plants in a sustainable way.

Our horticultural training provides a very useful, practical grounding in growing.

Our trainees who come to us through our social enterprise gain City & Guilds certificates and diplomas in practical horticulture. These are respected qualifications that stand them in good stead with employers. They learn through a mix of one-to-one teaching and hands-on work in the field and polytunnels. Much of the time they are learning skills that contribute to qualifications without realising it.

This week we were working in our second field, making beds in our big new polytunnel. Once we had measured out the first six beds and woodchipped the dividing paths, it was time for compost. Lots. We were heartened to see our trainees organising themselves into groups to barrow the compost into the tunnel, dumping it on each bed and raking it even. We loved seeing this teamwork, with everyone encouraging and motivating one another. We were encouraged to hear a trainee musing on the natural processes that will incorporate the compost into our soil and how our plants will benefit from, and contribute to, that process. Evidence of his developing understanding of horticulture.

We run regular courses suitable for everyone interested in growing. Perhaps you simply want to improve your gardening at home, or you’re thinking of taking on an allotment. You might even be considering a career change to gardening or commercial growing. On our horticultural skills courses, you will benefit from our combined wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience. Each one-day course covers a different area of horticulture and we can also ensure sessions explore your specific interests and contexts.

You can book individual days or the full series. Keep an eye on our workshops page where we will be adding the first set of 2019 dates soon. Organic Blooms vouchers, redeemable against courses and workshops as well as flowers and hampers, are available from our online Christmas shop. A welcome addition to your Christmas list if 2019 is going to be your year of practical horticulture!