22April2018

July's Organic Gardening Tip: Why You Should Plant Garlic Bulbs

Looking to make the most out of your garden? Flower beds might give your lawn a great aesthetic, but odds are you won't be using most of them in the kitchen. Garlic, on the other hand, is easy to grow at home and can become a flavor component of almost any meal. Garlic is a relatively simple plant to care for, even for those without a green thumb.

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Hayes Launches New Book on Heritage Detailing 68 Varieties of Irish Apples

Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, formally launched a new book by Dr. Michael Hennerty entitled "The Heritage Apples of Ireland".

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Continual Growing and Planting in The Glasshouse - Gareth Austin

The Glasshouse in Kilult is a wonderful organic growing facility, situated near the sea in North Donegal, just outside Falcarragh. On site they have a comemercial greenhouse, a number of commercial polytunnels and acres of outdoor growing space.

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How Horticulture Can Positively Influence a Neighbourhood - Dee Sewell

Ballybeg CDP hosted the Community Garden Network meeting in Waterford recently, giving us an insight into the positive impact horticulture can have on a community.

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GIY

Rethinking Modern Food Production

There is a wonderful Ted Talk by New York-based chef Dan Barbour about a small farm in Spain that produces foie gras humanely (without the horrendous force feeding that the product has rightly been lambasted for). Raising his geese in a natural environment, farmer Eduardo Sousa re-discovered that if geese are allowed to forage at will, they will naturally gorge themselves in the autumn to build up fat for the winter.

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BordBia

Is It Time To Put Down the Mobile Phone?

In a previous Food Alert article, I referenced the fact that the out-of-home market was embracing mobile technology, reflecting a change in consumer behaviour. This doesn't seem to be the case for all...

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Seaweed – A New Kind of Edible or A Centuries Old Secret? - Dee Sewell

Once I'd picked myself up off the floor having opened the invitation and itinerary to attend the SoSligo Food and Cultural Festival in June, the trip we were being taken on that really jumped out of the page was seaweed foraging with Prannie Rhatigan.

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Thinning Vegetables ~ Now’s the Time - Dee Sewell

If you're new to growing vegetables this year you might have noticed that your veg have grown quickly over the past few weeks thanks to some rain, glorious sunshine and a lovely long stretch in the days.

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Food Festivals, Foraging and Fun to Be Had in Sligo! - Dee Sewell

One of the drawbacks of being a vegetable grower is that since we began growing our own food, we rarely get to take breaks away together. Partly perhaps, because we don't want to leave the vegetables we've carefully natured over the past few months, but also finding minders for our chickens, pigs, dogs and cats for more than one night can be difficult.

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Bloom

Fashion at Bloom

The Weekend Style Stage at Bloom will feature three fashion show features daily for the five days of the show.Hosted by style guru Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor of the Irish Independent, the Style Stage will feature top models from 1st Option model agency and special guests including contributors from Weekend magazine styled for a 'catwalk' appearance at Bloom.

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Classical Lazy Beds in Salthill House - Gareth Austin

Check out these fabulous lazy beds in Salthill House in Mountcharles, County Donegal. These very traditional raised beds are ideas for where your gardening on shallow soil or wet soil.

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New Series Provides 'A Taste of Lough Derg'

Food producers and restaurant owners surrounding Lough Derg have joined forces in an effort to promote the region as a food tourism destination. 'A Taste of Lough Derg 2014', a pilot initiative for 2014, features 13 separate food events taking place in villages and towns along the shores of Lough Derg in counties Clare, Galway and Tipperary.

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organic College

Organic College - Open Day

We would like to invite you to our Open Day on Sunday 20th July 2013 from 2pm to 5pm at the college. Everyone is welcome – if you're a prospective student, interested in organic growing, organic food or just looking for an afternoon out for the family then do come along.

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How to Set Up A Rainwater Irrigation System for Your Garden - Dee Sewell

Between the talk of water charges and alarm bells ringing from the IPCC report, thoughts of conserving water are very much on people's minds. Either too much or not enough rain seems to fall out of the sky and it's predicted that we'll experience a lot more sudden and heavy downpours in the future causing spot flooding.

Read more: How to Set Up A Rainwater Irrigation System for Your Garden - Dee Sewell

Bloom

Bloom Bites

The Bord Bia Food Village hosts an exciting menu of Artisan Street Food for visitors to tickle their taste buds. Perfect at any time of the day, the delights include roast suckling pork from Adare Farm, marinated Hereford beef on ciabatta with carmelised onions, leaves and dressing from Country Choice on Tour and pork terrine, black pudding rolls, and slow cooked pork ribs from 'Three Men in a Trailer'.

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Obeo Introduces Compostable Food Waste Box On Sale in Dunnes

A new National College of Art and Design (NCAD) spin-out company called Obeo has introduced its first product - a compostable food waste box to separate food waste at home with no smells or mess in the kitchen.

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How To Involve the Community in A Community Garden - Dee Sewell

There are no set rules about what makes a community garden work. Each one is unique and just like other areas in life, there are some that gel and some that don't. However, some gardens we come across seem to encompass all the good things we'd expect and hope for in a shared space and the latest one I've found that's ticking all the community boxes is in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow.

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First Salad Harvest of the Summer - David Corscadden

It is officially summer now that I have harvested my first salad from the vegetable garden. This year I have planted some fun salad items but unfortunately the multicoloured beetroot and things like that are still a few weeks off. I did manage to get some macro salad leaves and pea shoots to make a rather tasty side salad though.

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How to Encourage People to Join Your Community or Urban Garden - Dee Sewell

Over the past few years several people have contacted me asking how to start a community or urban garden. They have the land and they're keen to create a garden that will benefit everyone in the local area. Although it's best to start with the people as you can guarantee an enthusiastic working group, it's not impossible to begin the project with the land first.

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Bloom

Meet Over 110 Food Producers!

The Artisan Food Market and Love Irish Food Pavilion return showcasing the finest artisan and Irish food that Ireland has to offer and providing a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about the products on offer and how best to prepare them at home. Foodies will find a fantastic range of top quality, locally produced beef, lamb, pork, poultry and fresh fish, all of which carry the Bord Bia Quality Mark, at the Meat, Fish and Poultry Market – perfect for all aspiring cooks!

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