15 February 2018 By Tash Ellens
Please note, this event is exclusive for Alitex customers.
For novice greenhouse growers, or those wanting to refresh their expertise, our West Dean Grow Day offers the perfect balance between expert advice and hands on observation of the impressive glasshouse at West Dean Gardens. The tour is led by Sarah Wain, Gardens Supervisor, an inspirational leader of the garden team at West Dean, with a deep horticultural knowledge and an ever-growing enthusiasm for greenhouse gardening.
Getting started in your greenhouse
Often, we find ourselves a little stumped when it comes to growing the very first thing in our greenhouse. Do I use vine wires on the right for my tomatoes? Should I place my potted cucumbers on the left side? When should I use the reservoir for water? How often should I water?
Mostly, we know whether we want to grow vegetables, fruits or flowers and we have an estimate of where to start seasonally. It can simply be the need for a little more insight into another greenhouse grower's life, and this is why our tours with Sarah prove very popular.
The West Dean experience
In recent years, we have had a number of customers who were relative beginners to greenhouse gardening, so we started the West Dean tours as an annual event. Sarah has done numerous talks with the Alitex team, so we felt very confident that our customers would come away with lots of answers and inspiration.
"I was very impressed by the depth of care and level of organisation which goes on behind the scenes at West Dean. I have visited their walled garden on two previous occasions but on neither of these visits have I appreciated or taken in as much as I did when guided by Sarah" reported one customer.
"I found Sarah Wain incredibly easy to listen to and her knowledge on her subject is impressive. For a novice like myself, her inclusion of coverage of all the basics were valuable and interesting. I now feel I have a much better understanding of what we will be putting in place in our own glasshouse" wrote another customer.
Booking your place
This year we are hosting two West Dean Grow Days; Thursday 5 April (with only a few spaces left) and Thursday 4 October.
This event is exclusive to Alitex greenhouse customers; it runs from 12pm - 3pm including an afternoon tea in the cafe. Spaces are very limited so you will need to book ahead.
To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01730 826900