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Bog hill Centre

Are you planning an event soon? The Boghill Centre has a special offer of 20% off the standard fee for March and April. Boghill offers a fabulous, private eco venue in a secluded setting with beds for 40 people. The special Boghill energy offers a spiritual backdrop to all events whether workshops, retreats, training sessions, ...

Government must protect farmers & consumers from health impacts

STOP THE CROP! EU CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT RELEASE OF NEW GM CROPS Government must protect farmers & consumers from health impacts GM-Free Ireland press release, 19 March 2013 A video news release, including interviews with farmers, researchers, campaigners and politicians on the upcoming authorisations of new GM crops is available in English, French and German, along with other materials. ...

Video news release: farmers and enviro groups call on EU to block cultivation of new GM crops

Please see below info from re. a video news release about a new campaign to stop the EU from releasing new GMO crops for cultivation. On the 21st March the EU Environmental Council will meet in Brussels to discuss the authorisation of 25 new GM crops currently being considered for cultivation in Europe. Farmers ...

Top Dressing

Most gardeners incorporate compost (either shop bought or made from their own compost bins) into their garden's soil, but compost can also be used as a topdressing (or mulch).  Placing compost directly on the soil has several advantages.  It helps keep down weeds and holds moisture in the soil, and the compost also slowly releases ...

Planting Summer Bulbs

Most bulbs need a well-draining site, to prevent molding and rotting.   Amending the soil with compost or manure will help the bulbs grow, bloom and store energy.  In general, you plant bulbs about three times and deep as their diameter.   The package the bulbs come in usually tells you the planting depth for ...

Planting early Potatoes

The ‘chitted’ potatoes are ready for planting when the sprouts are about 2cm long and they can be planted outside towards the end of March.  Plant either in a drill or in individual holes in the soil, 7-15 cm deep, with the sprouts pointing upwards and cover with at least 2.5 cm of soil.  Space ...

Sowing Onions and Scallions/Shallots for a yearly quota

Onions are members of the Allium family and a popular crop.   There are three main groups of onions: salad or spring onions, which are sown in the autumn or spring, the autumn sown varieties for early bulbs, and the early sown kinds for late keeping.  It is well documented that onions are good for ...

Dividing Plants in the Spring

Many perennial (Definition: Perennials are considered to be plants that do not die after one season of growth.  In fact many perennials are considered to be short-lived, lasting only 2-3 years. Some flowers are very short lived perennials, but because they self-seed so readily,  they appear to live much longer) plants grow in an ever ...

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