Seeds of the Month
Garlic – Casablanca A white garlic variety suitable for spring planting. The bulbs are small but of excellent quality (about 6 -8 cloves per bulb). Casablanca is an excellent variety which also stores extremely well. Plant individual cloves 20cm x 25cm apart and plant them twice their own depth. Price: 50 cent per bulb€0.50 Add to cart
A red, round to oval onion set of very high quality. The sets are heat treated for better bolt resistance. Stores well. Plant into firm ground. Plant sets 10cm apart in the row from late March to April. Price: 50 sets – €2.00€2.00 Add to cart
I grew this variety last year for the first time and was really impressed. It’s an improved Sturon type which produces highly productive onions with excellent bolting resistance and excellent storage qualities. In fact we still have some of them now to eat. These sets are of excellent quality and well worth a try if … more information€2.00 Add to cart
A clear and concise guidebook for growing a wide range of vegetables both outdoors and with protection. It is written in a way that is designed to give the reader a visual guide to growing vegetables. It can be taken out into the garden and is packed with practical information on how to grow all … more information€7.95 Add to cart
When I came to Ireland in 1999, organic vegetable growing at home was just starting to become popular even though it was only a small number of people who took it up. This has completely changed in recent years. More and more people are now growing their own food again and the perception that organic gardening is only for hippies and aristocrats, is quite outdated.
As we all know, Ireland has a unique climate. It took me a few years to adjust the growing techniques I learned to this climate and soil. The main changes I made was to be patient, to delay sowing and planting and to grow on raised beds.
Books By Klaus Laitenberger
‘I was brought up short when I came across an inspiring new book this week ‘Vegetables of the Polytunnel and Greenhouse’ by Klaus Laitenberger. Formerly the Head Gardener at the Organic Centre at Rossinver, Co. Leitrim he has been growing vegetables organically for 20 years in the UK and Ireland. He lays out a successional growing programme, month-by-month, vegetable-by-vegetable which will almost double the productivity of the plot and really keep you in vegetables all year round.’ Caroline Foley – The Guardian
“Klaus Laitenberger has already written a general book on vegetable gardening and started a seed company. Now he’s produced a new book called “Vegetables for the Polytunnel and Greenhouse”. What makes it unusual, if not unique, is that it’s firmly based on hands-on experience gained in one of the more difficult parts of the country for growing things.
The approach is strictly organic, although most of the information is also relevant to gardeners who are not as purist. It’s self-published but excellently laid out and beautifully illustrated. He writes in a clear and orderly way in English that is fluent but occasionally has a turn of phrase that reminds you that it’s not his first language. And, although it’s aimed at beginners I learnt a lot from it, and I’m hardly a beginner at this stage.” Dick Warner – Irish Examiner