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Applying Soil Health in Hort Systems - Part 2 - Planning

Event date: 
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:00

by Niels Corfield Courses & Workshops


Living Roots - Covered Soil - Minimal Disturbance – Diversity

A one-day course on the application of the soil health principles, to your growing operation.

The soil health principles work. From large farms to market gardens, when implemented doggedly they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What's more, the growers that have most rigorously applied these principles have the more profitable operations today.

Course Outcomes

• Turning observations into actions

• Applying the soil health principles to everyday management situations

• Bringing the power of covered growing to the open field

• Understanding the rules of successful cover crop design and management

• Using the soil health principles to analyse & redesign your rotation

• Selecting best practice composting systems for your operation


Soil Health Principles recap

Applying the soil health principles to specific management cases

• Creating new growing areas

• Establishment & husbandry

• Weeds and weeding

• Harvesting, clearing beds & change over

Covered Growing

• Best practice, low cost options


• Intercropping

• Mulching

Cover Crops

• Designing mixes, what to include or leave out

• Spring or autumn sown

Rotations and Rotation Planning

• Applied soil health principles

• Appraise your existing rotation

• Redesign your rotation using

Composting Systems

• Overview of best practice options

Monitoring soils & plant health

• Sign-posting


Course Schedule

• Morning – theory, classroom

• Lunch – packed lunch

• Afternoon – rotation design exercise & further learning, classroom


What to Bring

• Existing rotation for your plot

• Packed lunch

• Warm clothes

• Waterproofs, wellies, brollie

• Notebook, camera, smartphone etc


Soil Health Principles

1 Living Root – for as Long-/as Often as Possible

2 Covered Soil – with Residues or Living Plants

3 Minimise Disturbance/Compaction – Tillage

4 Maximise Diversity – in Rotations/Plantings

5 Feed Soils – with Organic Matter (Between Cropping)

6 Incorporate Animals – Ideally Adaptive Grazed

7 Minimise Use of Chemicals/Synthetics


COST: £35 – £110



Feed Bristol

181 Frenchay Park Road


BS16 1HB


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