How to Start Your Organic Garden with Wendy Nairn & Cathriona Russell

Sat 01st October 2022 | 10 am | An Tairseach Organic Farm & Ecology Centre, Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow Town, Wicklow, Ireland - In Person Event

An Tairseach Organic Farm & Ecology Centre presents ‘How to start your organic garden – all things compost, soil, seed, pruning & propagation’ with Wendy Nairn & Cathriona Russell What is Organic growing in the garden and how does it help biodiversity? Join us at An Tairseach where you will be immersed in learning about how to start your own organic garden or plot from scratch while we explore the spirit of nature-based gardening – not only food for the kitchen but also habitat for humans and other creatures.

We will dive deep into the importance of compost – how to make it and how to keep your soil healthy and the use of leaf mulch. We will also cover topics such as seed preparation, how to sow seeds and home seed saving and why it is important in these times. Wendy will also take you through what to sow or plant in the autumn to overwinter. The morning will be a mix of classroom-style presentation and practical demonstrations in the garden. Tea & coffee is included mid-morning. A delicious lunch will be served incorporating organic vegetables and produce from our organic farm. During the afternoon session, Cathriona will discuss and teach practical elements of all things pruning and propagation. You will learn how to approach pruning ornamental shrubs and trees at the end of a summer based on their growth patterns and ecologies and how to propagate them in winter.

You will also learn how to winter prune top fruit for better bearing and picking in the orchard. ABOUT WENDY NAIRN Wendy Nairn has in excess of 30 years extensive practical experience growing vegetables both for restaurants and for her own consumption. A wonderful enthusiastic experienced and incredibly knowledgeable teacher, she is also a founder and committed member of the organic movement in Ireland. Wendy is passionate about producing fresh nutritious vegetables using sustainable wildlife-friendly methods. She teaches a number of courses in county Wicklow where she is well known for her extensive knowledge of organic sustainable methods of growing. Wendy has been involved in An Tairseach since the enterprise began: she was a Board member for several years and has delivered many gardening courses during her long association with An Tairseach.

About Cathriona Russell

Dr Cathriona Russell TCD teaches environmental ethics and theology in the School of Religion, Theology and Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She has a life-long personal interest in the suburban and urban natural and cultural environment of Dublin along the river Liffey. Her first love was gardening and for almost forty years she has been both professionally, and by predisposition, an avid plantsperson, top fruit grower, and kitchen gardener. Although grateful for the introduction to ‘conventional’ models of food production in her time at UCD her approach to gardening is better described as nature-based, as a social and economic capability and, in more recent decades, as creation-centred.  WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR? · This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn or develop their knowledge of growing their own food organically, composting, soil health, seed buying and sowing, pruning and propagation. · This workshop is for complete beginners and intermediate practitioners. All materials, tea/coffee and a light lunch are supplied.

Tickets are €60.00 and can be booked here.

About An Tairseach Organic Farm & Ecology Centre

An Tairseach Organic Farm and Ecology Centre has allowed nature to flourish in all its glory. The farm in Wicklow Town has been at the forefront of the organic food movement acquiring organic status back in 2006. It acquired organic status in 2006. This was the culmination of several years of intensive work, clearing the soil of chemicals, restoring its fertility, improving hedgerows, laying out pathways and planting thousands of trees. The farm now produces an abundance of organic vegetables as well as organic beef and pork. There is a large garden with polytunnels at the back of the Ecology Centre building and a 70-acre site up on the hill.  As well as the vegetables and animal grazing areas there is also a wildlife conservation area and a thriving woodland.

Read more about An Tairseach here.