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Most Recent ISSA News

Designing a Sustainable Vegetable Garden: Top Tips

Food waste is a big issue in Ireland and around the world. It’s believed that over one million tonnes of food gets wasted here each year, which needless to say, is not sustainable. To mitigate this problem, the first place to start would be in your own garden; i.e. growing your own vegetables. ...

August Gardening Tips

There are still quite a few things you should be sowing in August to provide you with a good supply of food over the winter period, late croppers such as Spring Cabbage, Winter Roscoff Cauliflower as well as hardy lettuce are ideal. Shinkinu spring onions, Spinach, Rocket, Mustard and salad leaves can all still be sown and will ...

July Gardening Tips

Sowing season is almost at an end but you can still sow Spinach, Rocket, Salad Mix, Chard, Beetroot and all varieties of Lettuce are ideal to plant in July as well as Kale, Radish, Dill. Spring Cabbage, Peas, French Beans, Beetroot and Carrots. For those that grow all year round you can sow overwintering onions ...

The Great Irish Garden 2018

The Great Irish Garden (our big open day) has gone from strength to strength in recent years. This event received the Heritage Council's Hidden Heritage Award in 2017. Our 2018 event is now recognised as a European Heritage Event as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. ‘Sharing Stories’ is the theme for this year’s National Heritage Week ...

Life on the Farm – July

Given the extreme weather conditions, keeping a close eye on all our crops is proving quite challenging. We are starting work as early as possible in the gardens and getting any hard labour completed before midday, as the afternoon sun makes working conditions unbearable. When you enter the polytunnels it's like stepping into a tropical ...

Gardening Tips for June

While it may be too late for tomatoes and peppers, most summer producers will grow even more quickly from seed planted in early summer when the soil is well warmed up. Don't hesitate in planting seeds for cucumber, peas, beans, winter squashes, pumpkins as well as beets, carrots and chard. The dangers of late frost ...

Life on the Farm – June

The radio documentary "Bittersweet" by Patrica Baker, was aired on Newstalk 4th June. Exploring the history of apples within Ireland and how Irish Seed Savers are reviving these heritage varieties that were thought lost. To listen to this wonderful documentary click here. Now that this season's growth is under way it's easy to spot ...

There is life in the old soil yet!

Even though I have been gardening for a few years now, and I am improving slowly, this year I discovered that my soil is seriously lacking in fertility.  Since January, I have been attending Jim Cronin’s ‘Organic Market Gardening’ course in Bridgetown and on day one I got about 1 out of 10 for my ...

Blossom Week & Annual Plant Share

This year as part of National Biodiversity Week Irish Seed Savers will be hosting Blossom Week which will culminate with our Annual Plant Share event on Sunday 27th May. There will be FREE entry to our gardens and orchards all week (up to and including the 26th). On each of the 6 days (21st to 27th) ...

Gardening Tips for May

The list of vegetables you can plant in May is a long one, French  & Runner Beans, Peas, Calabrese, Kale, Cabbages, Radishes, Onions, Beetroot, Turnips, Swede, Courgettes, Squash can all be started this month. May is the ideal time to plant your carrots & parsnips to ensure you have a good winter harvest. Believe it ...

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