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Life on the Farm – April

In the orchards we have gathered all our apple tree prunings ready for chipping which will eventually be mixed in with our composts. Down through the years apple trees have be given to Irish Seed Savers and we are busy sourcing the different stories around these varieties. We have cleared out our apple store and the blackbirds were grateful for the scraps during the recent cold snap. We are applying granulated lime to our grounds, this will make sure the PH balance of the soil is kept at optimal levels.

Our bare root selling season has finished and was a great success. A small number of bare roots will now be potted on and once they are healed in properly these will be for sale in our onsite shop. Throughout the orchards and nursery our big spring clean is underway. Grass is having its first cut of the season, irrigation systems are being set up and we will be closely monitoring our fresh apple tree grafts. Pinching out rootstock shoots, applying clips to ensure straight growth and constantly looking for signs of any diseases.

The deadline for our supporters to avail of their free seeds and tubers has come and gone but we will continue to process them if you can get them into us quickly. We are completely out of seed potatoes but we can give two additional packets of vegetable and herb seeds instead. April is the month our gardening team longs for, milder, drier weather allows them to be out in the gardens for longer to tackle the workload full on.

It will be all hands on deck for sowing courgettes and the rest of the cucurbit family as well as grains, beans, beets, chard and swede. We’ll be potting on peppers and tomato varieties and planting out our onions which were earlier sown in trays. We would always recommend growing onions from seeds as disease can be brought into your garden from sets. During the Winter months we’ve been busy renovating our Glasshouse and a polytunnel into a propagation tunnel. Raised beds and benches have now been installed and soon it will be in full use.


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