Dunmore Country School Garden
Our kitchen garden on a one acre plot, with a polytunnel and is based on the traditional French "potager", or country garden.
We produce almost all of the vegetables and herbs that we need for the year and we use flowers as part of our rotation system which is both beautiful and practical.
Won't it take a lot of time?
When people come to talk to us about starting a garden, they often say " but it will take a lot of time", or " how will I control the weeds without spraying". We have devised a simple, workable system of gardening, the secret of which is to start small and get used to the techniques and reap the rewards and only then increase the size of the plot. Our system shows you how to make the best use of a small piece of ground and sow vegetables in a way that needs minimum amount of weeding. We will even show you how to make weeding easy.
Eating your own food
The main reason for starting a garden is to enjoy your own healthy, tasty vegetables.Tanguy will be happy to share with you his tips for cooking and preparing your vegetables.We can show you how to store your produce.
About Tanguy de Toulgoët
Tanguy obtained a degree in agriculture from the Pierrefonds school of agriculture and specialised in crops and ecology. Through his extensive studies and his life experience, Tanguy has gained a wealth of rare information. He started gardening at 10 years old and was inspired by an old French master gardener who took him as a young boy and instilled in him a lifelong passion for gardening and becoming self sufficient.
At 16 years old Tanguy started his own vegetable garden. He got the opportunity to take over a period walled garden, and started to produce for a restaurant owned by his family.
Tanguy employed the traditional ideas learnt from his old tutor, many of which were once common place in every household in Ireland, but which have been all but lost to modern day living.
In Dunmore country school, you can see these traditional methods at work through Tanguy's talented hands. He is a naturally gifted teacher, extremely approachable, and makes learning to garden in the traditional way a very pleasurable experience.