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Life on the farm – November

November is a month of cleaning up and protecting our gardens and orchards ahead of the winter ahead. In the orchards the team are busy removing the last of the fallen fruit that may be lying around the base of our trees. Scab and other fungal diseases can over-winter on fallen fruit and leaves under the trees. This year, due to the mild wet autumn, we will still get a final cutting of grass in the orchards. The potted nursery also gets the winter protection treatment. The irrigation system is dismantled and stored away, protecting it from frost damage. Fallen leaves, weeds and grass clipping will be gathered and added to composting heaps.

Recently we were made aware that researchers at NUIG Galway are seeking volunteers to participate in the first Irish study to investigate environmental exposure to glyphosate among Irish families

The IMAGE project – Ireland’s bioMonitoring Assessment of Glyphosate Exposures – will conduct an environmental assessment of exposures to glyphosate among the Irish population using human biomonitoring. If you’d like to know more about this project click HERE.

November is the cut off point for getting a last sowing of green manures, so our garden team are busy filling up any empty beds with a last sowing. We are cleaning out our tool sheds, mending any broken tools were possible and making lists of what’s needed for next spring. The last of our seeds are drying and now we are starting to label and pack all our stock for our 2020 Heritage Seed Catalogue.

We will have dozens of new varieties for you to grow so start planning now to ensure you get a great years harvest next year. By joining Irish Seed Savers, click here, you will get a selection of seeds that are not available to the general public. These are some of the rarest varieties from our collection but it’s vital that YOU get these seeds for ‘active conservation’, it’s not enough to just preserve these rare varieties, they need to be grown throughout the country.


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