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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 any diseased or dead wood that may have developed. We take our time to inspect every tree, and will be pruning any dead or diseased wood growing on extremity branches. Although these can be removed completely without too much concern for the tree shape care should be taken when tackling the trunk or on the main branches.

As you travel around the country you will notice many roundabouts and roadside verges are left uncut. We leave large patches of our orchards uncut too, wildflowers are left to flourish and this helps attracts pollinators such as bees and other friendly insects that then pollinate our fruit and vegetables. If you have a section at lawn at home we’d highly recommend you leave some of the edges grow. You’ll be amazed at the array of pollinators that will help your garden flourish.

The majority of our crops are in the ground and due to the amazing weather in recent weeks everything in our gardens and tunnels are really flourishing. Now that the worst of the slugs have passed we will be sowing parsnips this month. We always leave parsnips that little bit later but as the soil has heated up there is no issues with sowing them in June. Some of our volunteers helped to make our comfrey tea last week and this will be applied to everything we have in the tunnels.

With the good weather comes problems too, plants can quickly become stressed and stressed plants invite aphids and disease. Our swedes attracted the attention of great aphids this year (this really only happens in hot and dry conditions) but a quick solution is to cut the tops off of the flowering shoots.


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