ISSA e-zine 25 November 2011

In this edition -

  • Seed Savers Gift Baskets...

  • The Irish Kitchen Garden Calendar...

  • Heritage Apple Article in the Irish Times...

  • What to do in the garden...

  • Upcoming Workshops...

Seed Savers Gift Baskets

Looking for the perfect gift for your favourite gardener? We've put together a selection of fabulous gift hampers for gardeners, fruit tree grafters, and children.

Each comes in a beautiful hand-made willow basket made locally by the residents of the Camphill Community in Mountshannon.

The hampers can be posted directly to the recipient with a gift card included. (Include a photo of one of the baskets and a link to gift section of our website where baskets can be ordered)

Grafting Basket             Music & Readers Basket          Gardeners Basket

Childrens Stocking

Teachers Basket

The Irish Kitchen Garden Calendar

Here's another great gift idea - a garden calendar produced by Kinvara Sustainable Living in County Galway and featuring two photos of the Irish Seed Savers gardens as well as public gardens from around the country.

Each month of the Irish Kitchen Garden Calendar includes information on what to do outside in the garden and which fruits and vegetables can be harvested that month, as well as seasonal tips from seed sowing to crop protection, ventilation, jamming and preserving. The last two pages are full of useful contact numbers for Irish gardening websites, Irish seed companies, tool suppliers, Irish gardens open to the public, courses in gardening and gardening clubs.

Garden Calendar

Heritage Apple Article in the Irish Times

The Irish Times recently ran an article on Seed Savers heritage apple varieties and featuring ISSA supporter Stephen Marsh and his voluntary work propagating old apple and plum varieties from an old orchard in County Westmeath.

ISSA's orchard team has been making regular visits to this orchard with Stephen to collect data and scion wood so that we can help save these old varieties from extinction. How do you like those apples?

Another World Is Possible

Galway One World Centre (GOWC) and the Irish Seed Savers Association (ISSA) present Another World Is Possible, a day of reflection on power, seeds and change, a day of engaging debate, fine music and local food at the Irish Seed Savers Association in Scariff, Co Clare on Saturday Dec 3rd. This free event runs from 10am to 5pm, donations gratefully received. For further info, contact Trish at 091-530590 or write to Advance booking is highly recommended as space is limited.

The day will feature a presentation by renowned author John Halloway, who was born in Ireland and has spent the past twenty years living in Mexico where he teaches Sociology at the Autonomous University of Puebla. John's ideas are expressed in numerous articles and books, notably Crack Capitalism (Pluto 2010) and Change the World Without Taking Power(Pluto 2002). John has written extensively about social movements and the possibilities of radical change with particular emphasis on autonomous organising strategies. Other presenters include Jo Newton, Pat O'Donnell, Saul Mosbacher, Alphonse Basogomba and Deirdre Ni Argain. There will also be lunch and music featuring Tommy Hayes, Vincent Griffin, Mark Donnellan, Sharon Murphy and friends. Read more at..

What to Do in the Garden This Week

  • Now is the ideal time to plant broad beans (outside or in the tunnel) and also salad greens can be sown continuously in the tunnel for winter/early spring harvest.

  • Time to gather all the fallen leaves and put together a leaf mould bin for yourself, it can be a simple round of chicken wire. All ready for mixing in with the compost when the time is right.

  • Plant your spring bulbs, I always like to make the spot with a couple of stones so I can keep watch on the first shoots to appear and keep the slugs away from them - hopefully

  • This is a good time whilst the beds are fairly empty to wash down your tunnel plastic or glass house inside and out with either citronella or diluted tea-tree.

  • The roses can be tidied up now and any bushes or trees can be planted before the ground freezes

Upcoming Workshops

  • Natural Christmas decorations - Saturday 26 November 2011 (1/2 day workshop) : This is a half day event running from 1pm-4pm - Learn to create beautiful Christmas decorations from natural materials.

  • Childrens Christmas fun - Thursday 17 November 2011 (1 day workshop):Come and join us to celebrate Christmas and the Winter Solstice. Activities include arts and crafts, card making, natural decoration,

  • Herbal Medicine Theory - Sunday 29 January 2012: This course will focus on the traditional medicinal uses of some common herbs e.g. chamomile, nettle, elder, thyme etc.

Kind regards,
Chrys Gardener
Project Manager

Irish Seed Savers Association
Co. Clare
Tel: +353-61-921866