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Understanding soil types and structure.

What type of soil do you have and how good is its structure? How acid or alkaline is it and is it short of plant food?

The fundamental principles of organic growing are to build up soil fertility and to create an environment in which plants stay healthy without the use of chemical sprays. None of this can happen overnight, but it should nevertheless form a basis for your plants right from the start. During this workshop you will also learn about making compost, the use of manure and green manures, seaweed and liquid feeds and getting all your vegetables off to a good start for the season.

This course is all outside so weather premitting please wear weatherproof clothing and outdoor shoes.

Light lunch included


Our senior lecturer

The senior lecturer on the course will be Susan Turner who was previously head gardener at Yalding Organic Gardens, England before taking up the same position at Ballymaloe Cookery School.  Susan has worked extensively in Israel, Germany and South Africa and has been lecturing on all aspects of horticulture since 2001.

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