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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April Gardening Tips

For many April is the month that gets us out into the garden for the first time of the the year. For the novice it can seem daunting, where do i start?, what do i grow? How much do i grow? Ask yourself what do you like to eat and aim to grow a small but ...

Snow Apples by Anita Hayes

Feeding oneself and family becomes a lifelong rhythm – and without too much thought, the practicalities of Spring are attended to – planning, clearing, cleaning, sowing. Each year regardless of all the variables in nature, climate and humans, I am amazed how much one can continue to produce and enjoy in the garden, despite all ...

How to Plant Apple Tress

January is the ideal month to plant your bare root apple trees. Below are some handy tips and video (from our nursery manager Eoin) showing you the ideal way to plant your trees ahead of the coming season. Ideally you want to plant your bare root trees as soon as possible but if that's not possible ...

Small Space Gardens

For those that have green fingers but not the space to garden you have to make some informed decisions. When thinking of small space gardening you have to compromise, be smart, plant small, plant often. A bit of extra thought needs to happen but the payoff can be immensely rewarding. Having fresh herbs at arm’s ...

What to Plant in August

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. Although we think of lettuce as a summer crop, it is a ...

Learn how to Graft your own trees – In a one day workshop

What is Tree Grafting? Grafting involves joining together parts of two plants to function as a single plant. One of the plants provides the lower trunk and root system, this is called the stock or rootstock. The other plant provides the upper portion (stems, leaves, flowers and fruit) that has the desirable characteristics (beautiful flowers or ...

School gardening with The Irish Seed Savers

Do you know a school in the Co Clare, Co. limerick, Co. Tipperary region that would like a visit from our Education Coordinator? Áine can be booked under ‘The Heritage In Schools’ scheme and the visits are part funded by the Heritage Council. Áine is one of the authors of our popular book 'The Year Round ...

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