Klaus Laitenberger at Shankill Castle

  • Growing Your Own Healthy Vegetables

    Join us at the Carlow Garden Festival for an enlightening and practical session on “Growing Your Own Healthy Vegetables” with renowned horticulturist Klaus Laitenberger. As an expert in organic gardening and sustainable agriculture, Klaus shares his extensive knowledge and hands-on experience to help you cultivate a vibrant and nutritious vegetable garden.

    This workshop guides you through the essential steps of starting and maintaining a successful vegetable garden covering crucial topics including soil preparation, seed selection, planting techniques and organic pest control. Learn how to choose the right vegetables for your climate and soil type, ensuring a bountiful harvest throughout the growing season.

    Klaus highlights the importance of healthy soil as the foundation for thriving plants. He will provide tips on how to enrich soil with organic matter, using natural fertilizers and employing crop rotation to maintain soil fertility. Discover the benefits of companion planting and how it can naturally deter pests and improve crop yields.

    This session will also address common challenges faced by gardeners, such as dealing with pests and diseases without resorting to harmful chemicals. Klaus shares his expert advice on identifying and managing these issues organically, ensuring that vegetables are as healthy and chemical-free as possible.

    Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, the insights and practical advice offered in this workshop will inspire you to embrace the joy and rewards of growing your own vegetables. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the leading voices in Irish organic gardening.

Date: 31 July 2024

Start Date: 31 July 2024

Start Time: 3:00 pm

End Date: 31 July 2024

End Time: 3:00 pm

Time: 3:00 pm

Admission: €10.

Directions: R95 T8X7. In the village of Paulstown, on the Carlow-Kilkenny border. From Carlow Town, head 20km south towards Waterford/Kilkenny, taking exit 7 off the M9 motorway.

Type of event: This talk takes place indoors. There is an opportunity to view the gardens at Shankill Castle after the talk – tickets can be purchased in the Coach House Cafe. The cafe is open serving snacks and delicious lunches while a house tour of Shankill Castle, the home of the famed artist Elizabeth Cope will take place at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in the cafe.

  • About Klaus Laitenberger

    Klaus Laitenberger is the author of three vegetable gardening books. He was the Head Gardener at the Organic Centre in County Leitrim and restored the gardens of Lissadell House in County Sligo. He is a regular contributor to the Irish Garden magazine.

    Klaus also works as a gardening consultant and gives lectures and talks nationwide on growing food. His books have attained excellent reviews from other horticulturists and top gardening newspaper and magazine writers and other gardeners alike. Signed copies will be available to purchase on the day.

    • Vegetables for the Irish Garden 
    • Fruit && Vegetables for the Polytunnel and Greenhouse 
    • A Vegetable Growers Handbook 
    • The Self-Sufficient Garden


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