Have you promised yourself that you would get growing in 2019? The Organic Centre in Rossinver is helping you learn to love your garden, or rekindle that relationship in the heart of the Leitrim hills. In operation since 1995, amongst its other services, the Leitrim based charity provides an array of courses in growing and sustainable living. Why not sow the seeds of love this Valentines with a perfect present for yourself and the one you love on Valentines Day? And another great reason to visit Leitrim!
First off, the centre’s very own Ingrid Foley can help new gardeners find their green fingers with an array of courses for the beginner on wards. “Starting a garden from Scratch” is a one-day course taking place Sunday Feb 17th. It’s the ultimate start off course to your first gardening year. You can learn how to select and assess your site, test your soil, make compost and build fertility. Ingrid will also show you how to make lazy beds, plan a rotation, select favourite tools and you will come away with your first garden plan. The day will combine some indoor along with practical outdoor sessions.
Saturday, February 23rd sees Ingrid facilitating those who wish to grow using a polytunnel, in her Growing in Polytunnels course. A polytunnel is seen as a wonderful addition to any garden providing early season produce like early potatoes and spring onions. You can learn how to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and basil followed by over wintering crops to harvest produce all year round. A tour of the centre’s many tunnels will give advice also on how to erect a tunnel.
Learn how to propagate your own fruit trees and greatly reduce the costs of creating your own orchard with Phil Wheal in his Grafting Workshop on Sunday 24th of February. Phil will give his hands on experience on techniques of grafting and budding apple, pear, plum and cherry trees. Participants will take their own grafted trees home.
And finally, Plan a Years Harvest-Start Now: If you want to harvest vegetables all year round you need a specific sow/plant/harvest/store plan. This is exactly what Ingrid will teach you. You will learn what space and other facilities you need including a polytunnel, and the best of all take home a monthly growing guide. This course is not for total beginners.
With our array of February growing courses at the Organic Centre, Who knows this could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship!
Take a browse for more of our weekly courses. You can book online or ring the centre on 071 9854338.