The Grow Your Own Gardening Class

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It was a weekend ago that I decided to do the grow your own gardening course. And whilst the weather turned good I had to wait ’til now to do my synopsis of it.

How did it go…?

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The attendees in this case were 75% [approximate] apartment dwellers/ balcony owners. the other 25% only wished to garden that same amount of space [unless Nick came up with a great idea 😉 ]. Of course, if everyone had allotments/ waned to garden a larger space – parsley *and parsnip would have been covered. In this case a logic decision to skip most of the root crops was taken…. think rotovator and balcony!

I covered all that I intended and felt was needed from sowing seeds – what, which and why to watering. Onto potatoes, onions, sets growing in window boxes and to plants in a small space such as herbs and the pruning, growing and selecting of so that they could be kept there. I could beat on but Louise really does summise it very well.

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From an alternate perspective. Did the €60 cover charge multiplied by 7 people make it worth my while to do so. No. Not on your nelly. The reason why? We did demonstrations and all of the products [one each of everything] used were taken away. I knew to make money, how I should do it and a comment on the garden blog confirms that.  That and the twitter message. No offence Geoff mate 😉

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Try it yourself. Go into a garden centre, pick up some seed potatoes, onion sets, 2/3 window boxes, some pots, compost and seeds and see how much it costs…. growing your own can be cheap… when you know how 😉 If I’m to talk however on garden design with zero overheads…. Ye know yourself. Moving on….

The flip side of that however is something very different. Did I enjoy it ? More than you realise. I really am so pleased that such a nice group of people collated so I could talk about something  I love so much.

I know that doesn’t pay the bills. It doesn’t even cover the time spent baking and collecting the products we did use. And yes if I wish to do it again and again I need to refine. But then I knew that already. It was always to be a trial. A way of noting and timing. Perfecting one could say. Perfecting for those those who do attend.

Now I’m just wondering if there’s another 9 or 10 people who’d be interested…. While I brew on that… I’ll go water my own seeds.

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note: it was Jason’s idea that I did this in the first place. Thanks mate. I also borrowed some of his images for this post.

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10 replies
  1. Darren
    Darren says:

    Peter,

    It was such a brilliant, fun and educational day out. I sincerely hope you do it more. I’ll have my full report up soon, along with a progress report on my ‘garden’. 🙂

    D.

  2. Philip
    Philip says:

    No way I could make I and I am sorry I was not at the class.

    You need to keep these classes rolling.

    Just seen that Jamie Oliver’s dinners (UK school Dinner stunt he did) may be impacting academic results very positively indeed. Now one wonders if the act of gardening might help people lives from an appreciation of better food and a calmer life….gardening is so stress free – seriously, guys it is…why is everyone laughing…

  3. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    Thanks Philip,

    watch this space. should be another gardening class coming up quite soon 🙂

    *if you are interested:just send me an email with your contact details or keep your eye on the weblog here 😉

    **almost missed this comment. sorry ’bout that. 🙂

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