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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 ...

Grow Brussels Sprouts in Containers

Brussels sprouts naturally grow vertically into tall stalks without support, making them a suitable addition to a space-saving container garden. Brussels sprouts grow best in cool weather, and they may fail to form sprouts if it's too hot. Usually we'd plant them in early summer for an Autumn crop. Fill a large pot  (12-inch ...

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 ...

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 ...

Trials and tribulations of growing and farming this summer

Ollie Moore the journalist was looking for stories of the trials and tribulations of growing and farming this summer. If anyone wants to contact him he can be emailed at ollivermooreresearch@gmail.com who knows it may even be therapeutic. I'm also on 086 8047854 if people prefer to talk Ollie

Tomatoes

Tomatoes will thrive in a greenhouse in midsummer with the right light, warmth, water and feed. But there's no point in ruining your hard work by watching the plant collapse under its own weight, when some simple staking will save the day. Nor do you want too many leaves when it's the precious fruits you ...

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