Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 6
Week 6 of the Thomastown Town of Food Gardening & Horticulture workshops saw the completion of the poultry run, the hen house and the nesting box. These were done in kit form, so that each can be assembled when the ground conditions are suitable in the garden. It was very instructive for those attending the workshop to see what can be made from salvaged timber and used pallets!
Each week there is a group discussion prompted by suggestions from participants. In this workshop we discussed ‘plants for shady places’ – identifying a range of plants that can grow successfully in areas of reduced light levels in the garden.
A fact sheet on the topic was also handed out for this discussion, which you can view and download using the link at the bottom of this post.
Following this, there was a very informative talk given by Pat Fitzgerald from Fitzgerald Nurseries, who brought different varieties of potatoes, yams and oca to show what these South American vegetables look like, and how to grow them properly to get the best results as they are potentially a very valuable nutrient food source. Thanks to Pat’s generosity, the plan is to plant samples of these unusual vegetables next spring and trial them under Irish climatic conditions in the Thomastown Town of Food kitchen garden.
Next Saturday December 6th, Susliving Tech Mentor Gary will be making outdoor furniture from pallets, which will be used in the kitchen garden in a contemplative area. Susliving’s horticulturalist Elmer will lead a group discussion on leaf mould and compost making. To find out more, have a look at the workshop calendar and visit the workshop course page on the Thomastown Town of Food site.
Worksheets used in this workshop: Fact Sheet – Plants for Shady Places