May Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, April was quite a cold month but luckily it stayed reasonably dry.  It was still a bit early to sow the majority of crops.  There is still plenty of time for anyone just starting off the gardening year.  Sowings in May are generally a lot more reliable – everything just wants to … more information

April Gardening Newsletter – Green Vegetable Seeds

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Newsletters

April Gardening Newsletter Dear Fellow Gardeners, April is one of the busiest months in the vegetable garden.  There is little time left to reflect – only time for getting the garden ready for another fruitful year. There are quite a lot of vegetables that can be sown in April – both indoors in modular trays … more information

March Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, March is really the beginning of the gardening year but please don’t be impatient. I suppose the weather this March isn’t conducive to gardening yet. Let’s hope there is some change on the way.  It’s actually wetter now than it was throughout the winter. There is still plenty of time to sow … more information

February Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Who would have thought that January was such a beautiful month.  The winter rains usually last well into February and the soil stays saturated until March – but not this year.  I was happy gardening in the last few weeks without getting stuck in the mud.  We were mulching the hedges with … more information

Onion, shallot and garlic information

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Newsletters

Onion, shallot and garlic information Dear Fellow Gardeners, We just received our onion and shallot sets and garlic bulbs.  Here is some useful information about these crops that belong to the Allium family.  This family is actually called Amaryllidaceae.   All members of this family are monocotyledons.  That simply means that they only have one seed … more information

December Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, World Soil Day is next Monday 5th December.  We are organising a conference at the Botanic Gardens on the day but unfortunately for anyone who hasn’t got a ticket –  it is already fully booked.  We are hoping to film a few key lectures and make them available to whoever is interested.  Many … more information

November Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Newsletters

November Gardening Newsletter Dear Fellow Gardeners This newsletter is about protecting ours soils.  The “People4Soil” petition is now open and I hope many of you will sign this important petition.  We need 1,000,000 signatures in the EU to get some soil protection legislation initiated. As Sir Albert Howard already said in 1940: “The connection which … more information

October Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Newsletters

October Gardening Newsletter Dear Fellow Gardeners, I’m always looking forward to October.  It’s usually quite a dry and beautiful month and the colours are amazing.  Unfortunately the beautiful autumn leaves don’t usually last long here in the west – a couple of seasonal gales and they are gone. At the recent Ploughing Championships we (Environmental … more information

September Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Newsletters

September Gardening Newsletter Dear Fellow Gardeners, In the last few days I’ve been travelling up and down the country participating in garden open days or study days.  On Friday I was at the Walled Garden Study day held at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow.  The event was organised by the Irish Georgian Society.  I learned … more information

August Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Newsletters

August Gardening Newsletter Dear Fellow Gardeners, This year is a really trying year, more so for gardeners than for the vegetables.  Most crops are doing quite well despite the grey skies and the continuous rain.  They are a little slower to mature compared to better years. I had to wait until the third week of … more information

July Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Newsletters

July Gardening Newsletter Dear Fellow Gardeners, Just in case we do get a dry summer (maybe a repeat from our pre-summer experiences in May) you might have to water your plants outdoors.  If you water your plants, give them a thorough soaking.  Watering little and often is a disaster as it brings the plant roots … more information

June Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Welcome to the June Gardening Newsletter. It appears that we are getting well compensated for the miserable wet winter we had.  Summer is here and more good weather is on the way.  There is really no place more beautiful than Ireland in the sun – with the cow parsley in the hedgerows … more information

May Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners May is definitely the busiest month in your vegetable garden and hopefully you have managed to do all the other jobs such as bed preparation in the previous months. The soil has warmed up sufficiently to sow and plant nearly all vegetables.  So make sure you take time off in May so … more information

April Newsletter

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Finally the gardening year begins.  From now on everything moves fast and I need to shake myself from hibernation.  There is little time to reflect. April is a busy month. You should try to have all the beds prepared even if you don’t plant anything yet. This allows you to control the … more information

March Newsletter

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners Yesterday was the first day I could feel that spring was in the air.  I lifted the seaweed which covered the beds over the winter months and gently dug over some beds that are needed for the early crops that need planting soon (see below).  While digging a robin kept me company.  … more information

February Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Phenological Calendar In Ireland February is officially the beginning of spring.  I never fully believed it as it is still is a very dark month, but in the last few years, February has been one of the best months of the year so I’m finally convinced that February is the beginning of … more information

January Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Growing Oca, Yacon I wish you all a wonderful new year.  Hopefully we’ll get a much better year than 2015.  While most European countries suffered from heatwaves there was only one day in 2015 when I was in a T-shirt in Co. Leitrim. In 2015 I did a couple of small variety … more information

December Newsletter

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Wild Bird Seed In the last two weeks we were nearly drowning up here in Leitrim.  The wind and rain never stopped.  I’m quite annoyed with myself for not having covered the vegetable garden yet.  I usually do that as soon as the crops are harvested and in store.  Up to about … more information

November Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Blight Free Potato Usually November is my least favourite month of the year but leading up to it was really fabulous.  I was harvesting my potatoes yesterday – the first chance I had.  I usually dig them up much earlier – around the second week in October.  So I was worried about … more information

October Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Snail Farming September always seems to make up for a bad summer even up in County Leitrim.  We call it the Indian summer here – it’s really an American – English term which describes the time when the American Indians went to hunt.  In Germany, Austria and Switzerland we call it the … more information

September Newslstter

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Welcome to the September Newsletter. In September we often have the best weather and the harvest is even more abundant. We probably had the most terrible summer here in Leitrim.  The tomatoes only started to ripen in the middle of August – about 6 weeks later than usual.  At least they are … more information

August Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Welcome to the August Gardening Newsletter. August is a lovely month in the garden.  You can sit back and reap the rewards from it.  So many crops are ready now with the endless gluts of courgettes, perpetual spinach etc.  Spring planted garlic will be ready as soon as some of the leaves … more information

July Newsletter – Soil Conference

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Newsletters

Soil Conference Dear Fellow Gardeners, July is the month where we can enjoy the fruits of our labour. I’m always looking forward to the first tomatoes. Again I’m trying out a few new varieties this year. When will it ever stop? Especially when there are thousands of varieties available. Unfortunately one of my very favourite … more information

June Newsletter

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, May has really been a terrible month all over the country.  Let’s just hope that June will be better just as the New Zealand weather prophet predicts.  He was right about the miserable May so let’s hope he’ll be right about the sunny June. Sowing and planting vegetables in June June is … more information

May Newsletter

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Newsletters

Delay Planting Your Vegetables Until The Weather Is Warmer Dear Fellow Gardeners, We had such a wonderful spring followed by a return of winter in the last couple of days. This weather can even confuse your vegetables. If you have sown or planted certain crops quite early in the year, they may have felt the … more information

April Newsletter

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Newsletters

Vegetable Growing Information Dear Fellow Gardeners, Spinach – Annual and Perpetual While both of them belong to the beet family (Chenopodiaceae) they are actually quite different. Perpetual spinach is more closely related to chard and beetroot as to annual spinach. I always think it’s one of the best beginner’s crops to grow and also one … more information

March Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Hopefully we’ll soon be getting the first glimpses of spring. I still don’t understand why February should be the beginning of spring. It can often be the coldest and most miserable month. I always look forward to March though. We will certainly get some good spells of weather – hopefully in time … more information

February Gardening Newsletter

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, In Ireland February is the beginning of spring. I personally think it’s a little optimistic to think of spring in February but there are definitely signs that nature is waking up after a long sleep. My enthusiasm for gardening, however, is still dormant. In the past I was slightly concerned if I … more information

January Newsletter

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, January is generally a cold and miserable month in Ireland and it’s far too early to get out into the garden. I do, however, love the cold frosty and clear mornings following a freezing night.  There are just a few jobs that can be done now but overall – it’s time to … more information

December Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, This year was definitely one of the easiest gardening years I remember in Ireland.  All gardening jobs, especially hoeing and weeding are so much easier and more pleasant if we can do them in the sun. Potatoes This year I grew only the reliable potatoes – Orla (early), Sarpo Mira (main) and … more information

November Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, The year 2014 must have been the kindest year for gardening. Nearly all crops grew better than ever before and we have our store full of carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, shallots, beetroot, parsnips and Jerusalem artichokes. I hope we’ll have enough until April next year. Storage: The root crops (potatoes, beetroot, carrots, … more information

October Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Even if it doesn’t feel like it yet – autumn is fast approaching.  The leaves on the trees are changing colour and the days are getting noticeably shorter.  We had such a wonderful year so maybe we get a wonderful autumn as well.  Usually as soon as the leaves change colour we’ll … more information

September Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, It must be the first year in living memory where farmers and gardeners aren’t complaining.  It was definitely one of the easiest gardening years with great growth of all crops.  There was plenty of warmth as well as occasional and in some areas – frequent showers. I’m so thrilled about some of … more information

August Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardener,   August is supposed to be the hottest month of the year so let’s hope to get great drying weather for our onions and garlic.  Onions and garlic dry best if kept outdoors during a dry sunny spell.  Just a quick reminder: harvest your onions when nearly all the leaves have fallen … more information

July Newsletter

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, Isn’t it a beautiful year in the garden?  Everything is much easier and more beautiful when the sun shines.  Also the crops are doing much better.  There was no trouble with fruit.  There are plenty of apples on the trees as there was no late frost or gales at blossom time, even … more information

June Newsletter

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, The 21st of June is the longest day of the year and it’s also one of the most important days in the plant kingdom.  Plants are highly sensitive to the natural world – quite obvious really as they play a major part in it.  Before the 21st June, when day length increases … more information

May Newsletter

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners, May is definitely the busiest month of the year.  There is no time to be complacent, nearly everything needs to be done now or at least within the next 4 to 5 weeks.  I’m always surprised how quickly the garden fills up.  In May everything wants to grow.  We usually have warm … more information

April Newsletter

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Newsletters

    Dear Fellow Gardeners, Let’s hope that spring is just around the corner.  We are still waiting for it up here in Leitrim.  At least we haven’t been tempted to sow or plant too early in the year.  We had a course here in Milkwood last week and I was hoping to sow or … more information

March Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Newsletters

Dear Fellow Gardeners Spring must be round the corner by now.  It hasn’t come up to Leitrim yet, but when I was down in Skibbereen last week I got the first glimpse of it.  Going for a luchtime walk I felt my back warming up with the spring sunshine and the birds were beginning to … more information

February Newsletter

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Newsletters

    Dear Fellow Gardeners, Welcome to the February Newsletter and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. February is generally the month when I get out of my gardening hibernation.  Finally there is work to be done.  The days are getting noticeably longer and every day we can notice the beginnings of new growth and … more information

January Newsletter

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Newsletters

Newsletter January 2014   Dear Fellow Gardeners Another year has started but the gardening bug is still asleep.  Probably only the hardiest gardeners will be out and about now.  I always use a good excuse (a true one though) that it’s bad for the soil if you walk on it when it’s too wet.  Especially … more information

December Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Newsletters

    Dear Fellow Gardeners Welcome to our December Newsletter.  December is a quiet month in the garden.  It is the month to reflect and to plan the year ahead.  After a great gardening year we deserve to rest a bit, just like nature does in winter. I would like to take this opportunity to … more information

November Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Newsletters

A great tidy up  – or fruit for free   Every garden has their problem areas. Forgotten corners or messy areas that we get used to and choose to ignore.  Many gardens also have their problem heaps.  I won’t call them compost piles – they are more like dumps where everything that doesn’t get composted … more information