23KESC236 Gardening with the Earth

23KESC236 Gardening with the Earth: Growing Organic Vegetables and Caring for Wildlife

 Organic Gardening Course for Teachers

March is an important month in the school sowing and planting year.  During this month vegetable seeds are sown indoors and soil is prepared.  These preparations ensure that the school will have a successful vegetable harvest in June. 

The course, Gardening with the Earth, by experienced gardener and naturalist, Dr. Paddy Madden, is designed to support teachers on their school gardening journeys in this crucial sowing month.  It will be delivered mostly in the grounds of the Ardclough Village Centre every Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm starting on March 1st.  The last session on March 25th will take place in the Botanic Gardens from 11am to 1pm.  

Topics covered:

March 1st


Session 1

Benefits of gardening; Soils; Composting.

5-6 pm

Session 2

Growing new potatoes-bed/bag; Mangetout peas in biodegradable pots; Biodegradable pots; Lightbox; Organic deterrents.

March 8th


Session 1

Growing organic peas, carrots. Growing scallions, beetroot, lettuce, salads.


Session 2

Growing onions and tomatoes. Gardening for birds.

March 15th


Session 1

Growing herbs. Rotation of crops.  Gardening for bees and butterflies.


Session 2

Friends and foes in the garden; Home-made fertilizers.

March 22nd


Sowing vegetable plants outdoors.  Analysing wildlife potential of the grounds of Village Centre.  Taking cuttings.

March 25th


Guided walk of the Botanic Gardens by the course presenter.

Course Presenter: Paddy Madden

Paddy was a primary teacher and a lecturer in a College of Education for over four decades. He is an advocate of wildlife and organic gardening. In 1984 he established the first school wildlife garden in Ireland and later wrote a book entitled, ‘Go Wild at School’.  This book, now in its 3rd edition, demonstrates how to garden in tune with the earth. Paddy became a ‘Heritage in School Specialist’ in 1999 and since then he has visited nearly 600 schools around the country teaching pupils and teachers about the natural world and gardening. In 2010 he co-founded an organisation called ‘SEED’ which aims to establish organic school gardens in every school.

Event Properties

Event Date 01-03-2023 4:00 pm
Event End Date 25-03-2023 1:00 pm
Capacity 20
Registered 19
Cut off date 28-02-2023 10:00 am
Individual Price €50.00
Speaker Paddy Madden
Number Hours 10
Location Ardclough Village Centre, Ardclough, Straffan, Co. Kildare
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