Complete Gardening Course with Klaus Laitenberger
7th Sept. One day course €90
This course is suited for anyone who plans to start a food garden. The courses has practical tips and demonstrations on how to prepare the soil and make raised beds, lazy beds, hugel beds etc. with the two day course going into much more detail. There will be compost making sessions, seed sowing demonstrations and how to avoid pests and diseases. There will also be a session on growing fruit trees, bushes and herbs. Heated classroom sessions on crop planning, rotations and tips on which crops are best suited for the small garden.
All courses begin at 9:30am tea/coffee. 10am course start. 11:30am tea/coffee. 1:30pm light lunch of soups & breads. Courses finish at 4:30pm with tea/coffee. Facilities include parking, toilets, heated classroom & farm shop.
To book phone 045 903100 , 087 624 0811.
Beginners Bee Keeping with Liam McGarry
21st and 22nd June. €170
This course is geared for beginners. At the end of this course participants should have enough knowledge to take up beekeeping. During the course we will be working with active hives.
1. INTRODUCTION: General introduction, objectives etc., pollination. Honey bees? Wasps / Bumble bees / Importance / Bee dance. Different Castes - Q. W. D. introduction. Basic Introduction to equipment & hives – Supers / Frames / Feeders. Anatomy & Phermones
2. THE COLONY: Castes Q.W.D. – Egg / Grub / Bee. Division of labour within the hive. – Nectar / Pollen / Propolis / Water. Nurse Bees / Comb builders / Guard Bees etc. Individual lifecycles. Products of the hive. Honey / Wax / Pollen / Propolis
3. THE HIVE:
History & different hives / honey hunting etc.. Bees nest Brood Box. Hive components – Supers / Frames / QE / Floor / Roof / Nucs.. Hive Types – CDB / National / Commercial / Others. Harvesting – Clearing / Cappings / Filtering / Extractors / Bottling & labeling. Feeding when & how? Spring & Winter. Feeder Types / Syrup / Fondant
4. SWARMS: Inspections - Importance & Impact. 7 day inspections / Queen rearing, clipping & marking. Reasons / Causes / Primary swarms / Casts / Prevention. Swarm Control – Artificial Swarm – use of Nucs. Swarm Collection and moving bees. Queenlessnes & testing for same.
5. Hygiene & Apiary Management: Brood diseases – AFB / EFB. Adult diseases – Nosema / Acarine. Varroa. Mice, Rats etc. Bee Hygiene / Apiary Hygiene / Grass cutting etc / Renewing comb. Good Apiary Practice.
6. COLONY MANAGEMENT: The Beekeeping Year. Recap & Review of course.
DURING THE 2 DAYS THERE WILL BE VISITS TO ACTIVE WORKING HIVES. TIMING DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS.
Harvesting Honey with Liam McGarry
16th August. €80
13th September. €80
This course is geared for Beekeepers with some experience and have bees. It will be mainly hands on practical Beekeeping together with honey and wax recovery. We will be working on active hives. Content will cover apiary management, honey harvesting, wax recovery, using extractors, storage, settling, filtering and bottling. Bee keepers may bring their own supers for honey extraction.
MOST OF THIS MODULE WILL BE HANDS ON PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATIONS
Beginners Poultry keeping with Julian Pawlowski
15th June. €80
17th Aug €80
An in depth one day course on poultry keeping for beginners. The course will cover housing requirements of various breeds; health and diet; breeding and breed selection. This course is based around practical demonstrations and hands on contact. Different breeds and equipment will be available on the day. How to avoid pests and diseases will be covered as will how to properly handle a hen including how to wash and present a hen for poultry shows.
Growing for cut flower arranging with Fionnuala Fallon
28th September. €80
Learn how to create your very own cut-flower patch using a range of time-efficient, planet-friendly, practical techniques so that you can harvest armfuls of sweetly-scented, seasonal, sustainably grown blooms throughout the Irish growing year. This hands-on course includes an illustrated talk on growing seasonal cut-flowers sustainably in Ireland, tips on sourcing the very best varieties to grow plus practical hands-on demos on how to sow seed, prick out seedlings, take cuttings and divide perennials.