Kitchen gardener

Victorian Walled Garden > Garden Workshops > Kitchen Gardener

This workshop aims to teach you how to successfully grow fruit and vegetables, learn what works for your kitchen garden and what to grow to supply your family with fresh produce for the whole year. 

Over 7 workshops you will learn the skills to be a confident gardener in your gardening space as well as meeting a new community of people who share the same love of all things natural. 

The Kitchen Gardener workshop is normally run once a month on a Sunday from 14:00 – 15:30 over seven months.  This will allow the learner experience the growth patterns of the different seasons. 

Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener Price

The Workshops for the Kitchen Gardener series in 2020 is only €95 for the seven Workshops. 

We do not offer the workshops individually – they must be purchased as a series of seven.

Workshop 1

  • Vegetable Growing
  • Gain an understanding of how best to grow vegetables.
  • Understand the nutrients that vegetables need to successfully grow.
  • Classification of vegetables and the families they belong.
  • Produce a crop rotation. We will also discuss catch cropping. 

Workshop 2

  • Potato Growing
  • Gain an appreciation of how to grow potatoes.
  • Correct timing of planting and harvesting potatoes.
  • Understand timing of planting both onions and garlic to crop twice a year.
  • Be able to plant out seed potatoes, garlic and onions into allotment or garden.
  • Plant potatoes using containers.

Workshop 3

  • Sowing and Growing
  • Understand the various techniques in sowing both under cover and in situ.
  • Get to know the techniques to enable you to produce vegetables throughout the growing season.   
  • Avoid the problem of producing glut amounts of vegetables.

 

Workshop 4

  • Weed Maintenance of Kitchen Gardens             
  • May is normally the time when a weed explosion occurs in the vegetable garden.
  • Gain an understanding on how and why weeds tend to cause such problems; if we understand how they grow and reproduce, we can learn how to better to manage this problem.                 
  • Understand and identify a selection of both annual / perennial weeds and the various approaches to controlling them.

 

Workshop 5

  • Green Manure – How to condition your soil for the Winter and better retain soil fertility.
  • What to grow in your allotment for the rest of the year. 

Workshop 6

  • Fruit Growing for the Kitchen Garden
  • We will look at a selection of standard fruit trees and soft fruit, and you’ll gain an understanding on how to maximise crops by using the the right pruning technique and correct timing to prune.
  • Gain practical experience into planting and managing a selection of top as well as soft fruit.

Workshop 7

  • A Year in Review
  • What worked well and what did not work so well in your Kitchen Garden.
  • Question and answer session