Another batch of horticultural students will attend 'LGD' as it's known in Killester College of Further Education, from Monday 9th next. No doubt each student attending will have lots of questions about college life and their new subjects.
Juggling with new modules, timetables and lots of paper these past few weeks, I had almost forgotten about the novice gardener that will sit in my classroom for the first time. Between now and May 2014, ten modules will be covered by the full time students, while the part time group (one day a week) will cover four modules. That's the hope anyway!
Students too love this module and I can't wait to hear all their questions and there will be many, not least.... What is a hedge? Therefore in advance of class here is a text book answer which we will pick through in the Plant ID class (assuming my upcoming students are even reading this).
|A stretch of newly laid traditional hedging|
"A hedge usually consists of a row of shrubs or trees planted along the line of a
man-made earth or stone bank. A ditch from which the bank material was
excavated runs parallel to the hedge. Hedges are used to mark boundaries and
to contain stock; they provide shelter from wind and facilitate drainage, and
need continuous management in order to remain effective."
|A reach flail mower used for cutting hedges|
Let the academic year begin for the 2013 horticultural course!