Gardening Workshop 2023

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Gardening Workshop 2023

Learn how to grow your own produce in Sonairte’s 250-year-old walled garden - practical hands-on workshop

By Sonairte - the National Ecology Centre

When and where

Date and time

Sun, 5 Mar 2023 11:00 - Sun, 1 Oct 2023 13:00 GMT


Sonairte - the National Ecology Centre The Ninch A92 D9XH Laytown Ireland

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About this event

Learn how to grow your own produce in Sonairte’s 250-year-old walled garden.This practical hands-on workshop will teach you the value of soil composition and biodiversity in growing a successful garden.

This workshop is reoccurring on the first Sunday of every month beginning on Sunday, March 5th, 2022 at the same time/place. This workshop will focus on basics of gardening such as bed preparation, propogation, planting, watering, pest management, weed management, disease management, harvesting, winter cropping, pruning, growing in a polytunnel...

Sunday March 5th

1) Introduction

- Basic needs of plants

- Soil biology

- Garden ecology

2) Planning

- Rotations

- Intercropping

- Relay cropping

Sunday April 2nd

1) Bed preparation

- Stale seedbed technique

- Digging

- Mulching

2) Propagation

- Sowing seed

- Taking cuttings

- Division

Sunday May 7th

1) Planting

- Direct seeding

- Transplanting

- Planting trees and shrubs

2) Watering

- Watering seedlings

- Watering crops in the ground

- Conserving water in the soil

Sunday June 4th

1) Introduction to integrated pest management

- Physical, biological and chemical controls

- Understanding lifecycles

- Monitoring populations

2) Weed management

- Hoeing annual weeds

- Pulling perennial weeds

- Mulching to control weeds

Sunday July 2nd

1) Pest management

- Crop protection

- Attracting natural enemies

- Creating alternative habitats

2) Disease management

- Promoting beneficial microorganisms

- Managing airflow

- Preventing plant stress

Sunday August 6th

1) Basic harvesting

- Harvesting leaves

- Harvesting fruit

- Harvesting roots and tubers

2) More advanced harvesting

- Cut and come again

- Promoting regrowth

- Storing your harvest

Sunday September 3rd

1) Preparing for the winter

- Mulching

- Sowing cover crops

- Fleece netting

2) Cropping round the year

- Vegetables to harvest in the winter and the hungry gap

- Using a variety of crops and cultivars

- Perennial vegetables

Sunday October 1st

1) Pruning

- Pruning fruit trees and bushes

- Pruning herbaceous perennials

- Pruning by harvesting

2) Growing in a polytunnel

- Benefits and drawbacks of overhead watering

- Installing a drip line

- Balancing heat and airflow


Sonairte reserves the right to cancel the event if minimum attendance is not met or in the case of changing health regulations relating to COVID-19.

Tickets can be purchased at the Sonairte Eco Shop or online at the Eventbrite link below. Please include your phone number and email address so that we may contact you if the course schedule changes or is updated.

Refunds will be issued in the event of cancellation minus a small Eventbrite fee.

If you BUY all 8 2023 WORKSHOP SESSIONS - you can avail a discount of 15 euros!!

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