Monthly Workshops

kilgraney kitchen gardenThroughout 2012 Dee ran a series of workshops in Co Calow entitled Grow Your Own Through the Seasons at Kilgraney House.

Aimed at beginners and using organic principles, participants covered all aspects of growing vegetables.

Starting in February they looked at Early Spring. This included an Introductory talk and walk around the garden with advice on planning and setting up a vegetable garden, crop rotation, soil requirements for different vegetables and soil conditioning.

Mid Spring looked at Spring tasks, including ground preparation; looking at seed, sets and tubers, seed selection and storage; conditions for successful germination, sowing (indoors and outdoors) and care of seedlings.


seedlingsIn Late Spring more spring tasks were undertaken with advice on transplanting, organic fertilising and composting.
Summer was late in 2012 but participants were able to look at summer tasks including  growing tomatoes, vegetables and fruits under cover.

Three sisters

Mid Summer was a great opportunity to look at weeds, pest and disease control – how to recognise threats and how to treat them organically.

Lastly late Summer was a time to look at harvesting – when, how, freezing, picking, preserving, etc. The series of workshops finished with Autumn tasks and preparations for the next growing season.

Each workshop could be taken independently or with a discount if booked as a series. If you’d like to participate in a similar series of workshops during 2013 and learn how to grow your own vegetables, or chose one or two that suit your needs, please contact Kilgraney directly and register your interest.

Kilgraney House Grow Your Own Vegetables Workshop

“I did an entry level gardening course with Dee a couple of years ago and couldn’t recommend her course enough. She knows anything there is to know about vegetable growing, is very free with her knowledge. Dee genuinely loves what she does and her enthusiasm is infectious. Her class was fabulous, engaging, fun and brimming with useful tips and hints. It truly takes the mystery out of growing your own.” S. Jordan, Carlow