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#OURganic Growers 
2023 Online Course

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Grow Your Own With OURganic Gardens


Get your 2023 growing year off to a great start with this special six week online course on growing your own food . 

Learn the basics of growing food , building soil fertility , managing pests and diseases and more . All in a group setting meeting new friends and building community online . 

€60.00 per person for complete course including course notes .

Facilitated by experienced community gardener 
Joanne Butler and streamed live every week at the same time through Zoom

This will be a food growing course that will focus on not only growing food for the beginners (see below for course content )  but it will also focus on our own local food growing system .

We will discuss what the food system looks like in your local area , what it looked like 50 years ago and indeed what you want it to look like in 50 years time .  

These classes will run for approx. 1 1/2 hours. 

The core subjects we will learn during the six weeks will be : 


Week one - Welcome and Introductions - Show us your garden or share your garden story 

Our local food system - How does it work ​

A look at Garden styles / techniques / approaches 

Making a plan for your garden 

Week 2 - Getting down to earth ! : A look at out soil and the importance of looking after it and understanding it 

What is soil

Soil analysis​ , structure and texture

Organic Matter & Soil Biology - What is it and how to look after it. 

Week 3 - A look at our garden plans , the set up and the story 

Nutrients in our soil and how to optimise growth in you garden

Deficiencies and how to fix them 

Making your own Compost 

Week 4 - It starts with the seed -The importance of seeds 

selecting and storing your seed ​

vegetable families and seed identification 

Sowing seeds and minding your seedlings

Sourcing seeds - where seed comes from.

Local seed saving organisations in Ireland 

How we all can help save seeds in our communities 

Week 5 - Weeds , Pests and Diseases 

A look at whats in our gardens ​

Working with Nature Rather Than Against It

Top 5 in your area - identification and natural remedies 

Q & A on what we find 

Week 6 - Becoming the constant gardener - Starting Spring off with success

Sharing your produce / surplus within your community.

The ripple effect - the opportunities for small scale local food growing in times of uncertainty 

Next steps as a grower and as a community - And how to get involved with your new communities !


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Christine H

Joanne provided a great course for beginners to get to grips with the basics of growing your own food! There is great interaction throughout the course outside of the classes also



If you are thinking of doing any course with OURganic Gardens  - think no more . I took part in their ‘ Grow Your Own Food ‘ course recently . I have worked as a Horticulturist for almost a decade now yet I still learned so much from Joanne

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Aoife Cleary

Amazing 6 week Zoom Grow Your Own Veg course with Joanne! You were a fantastic communicator and motivator, Joanne. Thank you for all the information and all the fun too. You are a force of nature!

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