LOCAL nursery and hardware stores have been inundated recently with many homeowners spending their isolation time gardening.

But without proper soil preparation or the correct sun to shade ratio, a lot of money can be wasted on seeds and seedlings that were never given the chance to thrive.

Phillip Island Community and Learning (PICAL) can help solve your gardening frustrations with some expert advice and a free introductory horticulture short course beginning in May.

New tutor Rick Coleman has more than 30 years of permaculture design implementation and teaching experience.

Internationally recognised, Rick has worked as an educator and consultant for a range of organisations both locally and overseas including RMIT, World Vision Australia and Community Aid Abroad (Oxfam).

Rick has already begun refurbishing the PICAL Community Garden with the help of some dedicated volunteers.

The team has been designing new garden beds working with the forces of nature and taking into consideration soil type, weather exposure, slope gradients and already established plants.

Commencing Thursday, May 14, you can join Rick and learn how to maximise your own home garden to save money, feed your family or maybe even generate an income.

Students will also be given access to online resources that Rick has gathered from his years of teaching and travel.

As a recognised pre-accredited introductory course, students are well equipped to go onto a career in horticulture or further study.

The course runs for seven consecutive Thursdays from 10am to 1pm in the PICAL Community Garden with strict adherence to all social distancing guidelines.

Rick is a passionate communicator who delivers his wide breadth of knowledge with a sense of humour and enthusiasm.

Places are limited so register now to secure your booking by phoning PICAL reception on 5952 1131 or online.

“Join in isolation, stay in a community.”