Sometimes it just feels like the planets align nicely and when they do you just have to take the opportunity. Regular readers might recall I have previously reviewed an online course from the Create Academy by Dan Pearson and I was completely impressed by the quality of the course. Regular readers might also recall that I recently attended the Beth Chatto Symposium where Poppy Okotcha took part in the one of the panel sessions and I was very impressed by her passion and knowledge for wild gardening. When I was asked by the Create Academy to review this new online course 'A Seasonal Guide to Wild Gardening' by Poppy Okotcha I did not hesitate to say yes.
|photo c/o Create Academic
The latest session that has recently been added is called 'Reframing Weeds' as Poppy 'reframes' how she thinks about weeds. Most are very good for wildlife and as long as they are not getting too invasive keeping some can be very beneficial for our gardens. I smiled when Poppy was talking about allowing a little bit of bindweed to grow. Where I live bindweed does not (yet) grow in my garden but it does grow in the hedge in the road to my house. It is very beautiful and I love seeing it but if it appeared in my garden I am not sure I would be so happy. So it is about what you can control/live with.
Poppy talks us through all aspects of gardening: from your soil health as mentioned above, to how to create a pond, how to sow seeds and how to plant bare root perennials. It is a course that you can follow if you want to know the basics of creating a garden from a knowledgeable but also very relaxed perspective. This is responsible gardening for people who might be scared of all the 'rules' of gardening because many of these rules just do not matter.
I really enjoyed the sessions; I learned a lot and was truly inspired by it. Poppy's enthusiasm is infectious and I can happily recommend the course.
The Create Academy 'A Seasonal Guide to Wild Gardening' by Poppy Okotcha is currently priced at £127 You can buy courses for yourself or buy them as a gift for someone else and at the time of writing Create Academy are offering a Black Friday deal of 25% of all courses.