Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 8

Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 8
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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 8

Week 8 of the Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops was particularly frosty and bright. Being the last session of 2014 at Thomastown Town of Food however, gave it a festive feel. As did the mince pies and Santa hats!

The polytunnel construction commenced after a review of the various factors influencing the siting of a tunnel. Tunnel orientation, access, shelter and soil conditions were all part of the discussion by the workshop group. We also have the expertise of David Griffith of Home Grow Solutions, Thomastown, in putting up the tunnel. David suggested some methods of harvesting rain water from the tunnel to use for growing crops in the garden.
In the group discussion over coffee and mince pies (with cream!), the use of ornamental grasses in garden design was outlined with examples of a range of different grass varieties on display.

We also had an interesting talk about constructing ‘insect hotels’ and ‘log piles’ in the garden to help insects hibernate over winter, and so help increase biodiversity in the garden environment.

The Susliving Tech Mentors and Elmer with the workshop participants reviewed the total progress and hard work carried out so far this year in the Thomastown Town of Food garden. We’re all eagerly looking forward to the final sessions of this part of the course which will kick off on January 10th 2015. As always any and all are welcome! To find out more, see the workshop calendar and visit the course page on the Thomastown Town of Food site.

 

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The Susliving Team

The Susliving Team

The Susliving Organisation was founded by a group of individuals with a diverse range of experience and expertise in sustainability in Ireland and internationally, for the purpose of promoting and exploring ideas about sustainable living at school, at work and throughout the community.