2023 Online Course
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 !
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
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