Join us in our beautiful permaculture garden located in the stunning Glen of Imaal. With a promise to provide a kitchen garden to our chefs, we are starting our first season of design, planting, composting and much more with our exceptional permaculture gardener, Noel Clinton.
Join us for this comprehensive one day course at our newly designed garden and be part of the food revolution while getting all the information you need to GIY (Grow It Yourself)). Then feast on some local organic fare in our beautiful cabin with your new green-fingered friends.
During the day you will learn:
- What is’ permaculture
- Ethics and principles of permaculture and how to apply them
- The basics of permaculture design and discussion on examples
- Practical Planting! Shrub and herb planting the terraces and discussing permaculture principles as we go!
- Organic gardening talk. This will focus on the three major components of successful organic gardening and how the three are interlinked. The soil, water and nutrient management and pest (including weeds) and disease management. We will also discuss plant propagation
- Sowing the seeds practical! During this session, we will show a variety of perennial herbs and vegetables (which participants can take home). These will include medicinal, edible and beneficial plants for a holistic approach to both garden and gardener health
The aim is to show that organic gardening is not all straight beds of annual vegetable plants but can encompass traditional ‘pretty’ beds that are still edible!
Participants will be emailed a link to a dropbox file which will include a range of scientific, magazine and book articles which will go into much more detail about the topics of the day. Links to websites for further reading will also be included.
The schedule may change depending on the Wicklow weather! Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for some outdoor activity.
- Start Date: Sunday 24th March 2019
- Time: 09:30 - 17:00
9.30 – 10 am Arrive and cuppa
10-11.30am Permaculture talk
11.30-1pm Practical planting
1.45-3pm Organic gardening talk – The soil, water and nutrient management and pest
(including weeds) and Disease management.
3-5pm Sowing the seeds practical!
Included on the day are:
- Practical demonstrations
- Gardening time in a real permaculture garden
- Lunch, tea, coffee and snacks
- Drop-box of pdf’s will supporting articles for the day
- Weather. So bring the right gear!
- Learn the principals and practicalities of permaculture
- Learn how to make cultivation easier and less time consuming
- Learn how to grow your own food easily and practically anywhere
- Save the planet!
This one day course only costs €60 including a delicious lunch, beverages and snacks.
I have 12 years experience working in the landscaping/horticulture sector. As a qualified Landscape Architect, I worked in professional practice before embarking on a 5 year work/travel period where I worked on a number of organic farms in Australia, NZ and the Czech Republic and within the Forestry sector on the Isle of Wight. I also completed my Permaculture Design Course in Tasmania. Having returned to Ireland I have split my time between working on various organic farms and design/consultancy. I completed my MSc in Organic Horticulture in 2015.
I believe that diversity is key to the success of most projects. Whether this is ideas, people or plants it's always better to have a diverse mix as opposed to a singular ideal. The perfect example is on the soil on which we stand. A single teaspoon of healthy soil contains over a billion bacteria and thousands of more soil microbes which work together to create fertility on which we, and countless more species, depend for existence. As gardeners, farmers and citizens of the planet we have the power to not 'walk the party line' of conventional food production wisdom which has been detrimental to soil but return to the holistic and organic approach of our forefathers/mothers creating healthy soil and therefore healthy people and ultimately a healthy planet.