Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 4
Week 4 was once again led by Susliving’s resident horticulturalist, Elmer Dool. This workshop saw even more people from the community taking part, which was great! The workshop kicked off Saturday’s fresh, sunny morning with a fruit planting session. Firstly, soil conditions were assessed in terms of moisture, top soil depth, texture, fertility and drainage. We chose to use traditional top fruit trees (apple and pear) and ensured that the trees were planted firmly and correctly. These were then staked and tied and a lively and very informative discussion was had on the aftercare of the fruit trees, covering areas from pruning regimes to ensuring continuous cropping.
Pat Fitzgerald from Fitzgerald Nurseries supplied a wide range of new and interesting fruit bushes from Europe for use by Thomastown Town of Food, which will be evaluated for growing under Irish conditions. These bushes were planted between the fruit trees and a plan of the fruit was made to identify where each different variety is planted. Construction of a poultry run was started, with much useful information given to to workshop participants by the Susliving mentors. This will allows the participants to carry out similar constructions in their home settings in a sensible and safe way.
Coming to the end of Week 4’s workshop, the feedback from those attending the workshops has been overwhelmingly positive and there is a wonderful feeling of community effort and learning emanating from these hands-on workshops. The next workshop will take place on November 22nd and as usual, any and all are welcome. To find out more, have a look at the workshop calendar and head over to the workshop course page on the Thomastown Town of Food site.
Worksheets used in this workshops: #4 – Hedge Selection & Planting