ISSA e-zine 14 October 2011
In this edition -
East Clare Food Trail...
Focus on Forestry - Free Event...
Educational Activities for Schoolchildren...
What To Do In The Garden This Week...
thanks to all who attended our Apple Weekend at the end of September,
and a huge thank you to over 50 volunteers who pitched in to help the
event run smoothly.
The cooking demonstrations throughout the
day were a big hit, with over 200 people watching Darina Allen's
fast-paced demonstration featuring 5 different recipes using apples.
The apple tasting was popular as always, and an interesting and varied
range of talks on apple tree pollination, vegetable gardening in
medieval Ireland and seed saving were well attended.
Darina Allen Demonstration
East Clare Food Trail
If you are interested in locally produced and artisan foods, check out the Atlantic Way Feastabia event this weekend.
Food Trails in East and West Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Galway will
highlight locally produced foods at farmers markets, restaurants and
artisan food producers. The event is free and will feature local foods
to sample and buy at various locations. Irish Seed Savers is one of the
stops on the East Clare Food Trail on Sunday October 16 from 1 to 4pm,
with pizza baked in our outdoor clay oven as well as a few varieties of
late apples to taste. No booking is necessary. Go to the Feastabia
website for maps of the food trails to see what's on offer this weekend.
Focus on Forestry - Free Event
On Tuesday October 18, Teagasc's Forestry Development Department in
conjunction with the Forest Service, Irish Seed Savers and Celt are
holding a demonstration on native tree planting to give potential tree
owners the opportunity to find out more about planting and managing
native trees, hedgerows and orchards. Live demonstrations will showcase
best practice on species selection, planting and early management.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about apple
orchards. Professionals will be available to discuss any queries about
trees and orchards ranging from REPs to commercial plantations.
Shuttle buses will take participants from the GAA Hall in Scariff, Co
Clare to all of the demonstration sites. Arrive at the Scariff GAA Hall
any time between 11am and 12.30 pm. Please note that buses will depart
from the GAA Hall to the demonstration site every twenty minutes between
11am and 12.30 pm and the demonstration will take approximately 2.5
hours. This is an outdoor event so please bring appropriate footwear and
raingear. The event is free and all are welcome.
Pollock Apple Tree
Educational Activities and Workshops for Schoolchildren
Irish Seed Savers offers a range of school workshops and field trips as well as holiday activities for children.
Primary School workshops in Autumn include tasting and juicing our
organic apples, seedsaving, woodland activities, native tree seed sowing
and a minibeast hunt. This year we have also added full-day Ecology
workshops for Leaving Cert students, with classroom training and
hands-on activities which fulfill the Ecology Leaving Certificate
curriculum requirements. Students will have the opportunity to practice a
variety of field techniques in ecology. For more information or to book
a workshop for your school, go to
Renewable Energy (full day) - Saturday 15th October:
This course will give you an overview of domestic wind turbines, siting,
energy output, how to build your own if you choose, and how to decipher
the salesman blurb if you are buying off the shelf.
Trees for Food (full day) - Thursday 20th October:
A look at different systems for combining traditional farming or gardening with tree crops.
Halloween Fun for Children (Half day) - Sunday 30th October: -
This is a half day event. Come and join us for a day of children's Halloween (samhain)activities,
What to do in the garden this week
The time to propagate currant and gooseberry bushes is when
the foliage has stopped growing and is beginning to turn brown or
falling off, now is a good time. Take cuttings from healthy bushes.
Select a healthy looking stem of ripened (brown not green wood) and cut a
25cm (10in) length. The cut being made just below a bud. Pull off all
the leaves from the stem. Set in a trench about 15cm (6in) deep.
Place the cuttings in the trench making sure two buds remain above the
soil and that there're four or more buds below. Space the cuttings 20cm
(8in) apart. Fill in around the cuttings with soil, being careful not to
damage the buds. Gently firm the soil down around the cutting with your
foot. Water in well. It is a good idea to mulch around the cuttings
with well-rotted compost or cardboard. Leave the cuttings in the ground
for a good 9 months, then dig them up with as much of their root ball
intact as possible.
You can plant spring cabbages, spring flowering
bulbs,foxgloves, hardy heathers, wallflowers, forget-me-nots and sweet
william; dead-head faded flowers and any un-healthy looking buds. Tall
growing roses can be cut back to reduce damage in the winds but leave
the main pruning until next March. It's also a good time to plant shrubs
Leaves on the lawn need to be cleared so brush or rake them off
and put on a compost heap if you have one once you have turned it first.
If you've no compost place the leaves in either a black bin bag (put a
few holes in the bag)tie it up and leave until spring when they will all
be well rotted or create a leaf tidy by using some chicken or sheep
wire to fashion a bin open to the weather, leave it until spring when it
can be used as food for your borders, or can be added as carbon for
your compost bin mix.
If frost is predicted by the weatherman then Begonias can be
lifted and potted up and placed on a windowsill or in the greenhouse. By
doing this you will have them flowering through winter. If you have
frost tender plants in containers place them in a sheltered area. If
they are in the ground cover them over with a sheet.
There is still time to sow some green manures for a winter cover crop.
Irish Seed Savers Association