Klaus Laitenberger covers how to grow your own organic vegetables, salads and fruit by choosing the right varieties, the best sowing dates and how to prevent pests and diseases as well as keeping weeds under control.
Klaus also discusses some of the findings of his great vegetable trip through South America and other countries with a variety of curious old/new vegetables on display.
Klaus delivers his talk from the organic vegetable garden in Shankill Castle focusing on in-season produce, cherries, raspberries, soft fruit, early potatoes, beetroot, swiss chard and tomatoes. After the talk visitors can stroll around the gardens before stopping at the Coach House Café.
Venue: Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny R95 T8X7
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: adults €10
The Coach House Café is open for take-away lunch, tea, coffee and cake. For castle tours contact www.shankillcastle.com
Klaus Laitenberger is the author of three gardening books: ‘Vegetables for the Irish Garden’, ‘Fruit and Vegetables for the Polytunnel and Greenhouse’ and ‘A Vegetable Grower’s Handbook’. Klaus works as an Organic Inspector for the Organic Trust Ltd and manages a number of private gardens. Together with his wife, Joanna, they started a seed company, specialising in the most suited vegetable varieties for the Irish climate as well as the most resistant and delicious ones (Green Vegetable Seeds). He is contributor to various gardening magazines i.e. The Irish Garden, The Examiner, GIY magazine andClover. Klaus also works as an organic advisor and runs gardening courses throughout the country.
More information on the courses and seeds can be found on www.greenvegetableseeds.com