23January2018

Bloom

Top Tips On A Safe and Stress-Free Visit to Bloom

Bord Bia's Bloom event opens in the Phoenix Park Dublin tomorrow (Thursday, May 29th) for five days. This year's festival will feature 30 breath-taking show gardens, over 120 Irish food and drink producers, 50 nurseries within the Floral Marquee, more than 25 cookery demonstrations and over 160 retailers – all on the grounds of the Visitor Centre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

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Supporting Mental Health Needs with Horticulture - Dee Sewell

I've written a few posts sharing how mentally healing I've found spending time in gardens and soaking up everything nature has to offer. I was therefore pleased to discover that this weekend, Sonairte in Co Meath, Ireland's National Centre of Ecology, would be hosting a training session for anyone interested in learning more about providing Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) for people with mental health support needs.

Read more: Supporting Mental Health Needs with Horticulture - Dee Sewell

Dining in a Secret Garden - David Corscadden

By this stage I think you will all know how much of a fan I am of gardens and equally of how much of a fan of food I am, so the reason why I wanted to have dinner in a secret garden will be of no surprise!

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Our Courgettes Plants from BBC Radio Foyle - Gareth Austin

Here's some 2 week old Courgette All Green Bush coming into life in the Polytunnel of Ionad Niamh Padraig in Gweedore. These seeds were dusted with Mycorrhizal Fungii then sown in some Multi Purpose Compost, with some Vermiculite incorporated.

Read more: Our Courgettes Plants from BBC Radio Foyle - Gareth Austin

Num Num Not Only Bakes She Gardens – An Introduction - David Corscadden

The second guest blogger who is joining myself and Paul Smyth on Beyond The Wild Garden to share their adventure growing veg is Rebecca aka Num Num Bakes on Twitter and Instagram.

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An Afternoon of Tea and Cake - David Corscadden

Well for me after a busy time in the garden there is nothing better than a great cup of tea and some cake. I think by this stage you all know how much of a fan I am of cake and let's face it after working hard in the garden there is nothing better than an award of cake and baked goods.

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Dublin Garden Festival - Bringing The Outside Inside

Christ Church Cathedral are delighted to announce its first ever FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL 13-15 JUNE 2014. A stunning flower festival with contemporary and classic arrangements designed by some of Ireland's most talented and award-winning floral artists. During this time the Cathedral will remain open to all visitors during the event.

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Irish Cheese Awards at Bloom 2014

The Irish Cheese Awards along with their new awards partner, the Traditional Cheese Company will return to Bloom this year.

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Focus On: Callan Community Garden, Co Kilkenny - Dee Sewell

One of the benefits of working in a group environment such as a community garden is the amount of experience and knowledge we gain working alongside one other, as well as learning how to get the most from each other's strengths by working in a team. This is relevant to both community and work place gardens.

Read more: Focus On: Callan Community Garden, Co Kilkenny - Dee Sewell

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Meet the Showgarden Designers

No stranger to Bloom, Kevin Dennis, the Cityscape Gardener has returned for the second year to create a large show garden. Last year, Kevin designed 'Riverside Calm' with fellow designer, Michael Carroll.

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12 Garden Pests We Don’t Want To See In Our Veggies - Dee Sewell

Sometime's it seems there are more bad guys in the garden than good. When we emptied a large strawberry container this week in a HSE garden that caters for adults with intellectual disabilities, we found four of the ten pests listed below in one container alone!

Read more: 12 Garden Pests We Don’t Want To See In Our Veggies - Dee Sewell

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Bloom 2014 Launched. Bloom 2014 Show Gardens

Bord Bia has launched its eagerly anticipated gardening, food and family festival, Bloom. A highlight in the social calendar for green fingered enthusiasts, foodies and those who enjoy a great family day out, Ireland's largest garden and food festival will run for five days over the June bank holiday weekend in Dublin's Phoenix Park, from Thursday, 29th May until Monday, 2nd June 2014.

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From Plant To Plate at Garden Show Ireland

Northern Ireland's premier gardening event, Garden Show Ireland is set to celebrate home grown produce at this year's event. Throughout the weekend leading local chef Paula McIntyre will be showcasing a multitude of recipes that can be created using plants and produce grown in back gardens all over the country.

Read more: From Plant To Plate at Garden Show Ireland

Community Garden Network Meeting in Waterford in May

Learn about creating a Social Enterprise from your Community Garden on 24th May at Ballybeg CDP, Waterford, 9:30 am - 5:00pm.

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Snails Have A Built-In Homing Device - Philip Voice

After such a wet winter, and early spring, you won't be surprised that there appears to be a glut of slugs and snails in your garden. Whilst some gardeners admit to throwing snails over the fence into their neighbour's gardens, it seems those efforts are futile because the snails will come back.

Read more: Snails Have A Built-In Homing Device - Philip Voice

Things-A-Growing in WhiteOaks Centre Donegal - Gareth Austin

Its not only the Forget-me-Nots that are blooming at Acorns Project in Whiteoaks Centre in Muff, but the VegBox scheme is going from strength to strength, the weekly doorstep deliveries of seasonal organic fruit and vegetables is meaning business is brisk when I visited organic master big Mick at the Acorn Project at Whiteoaks Centre in Muff, County Donegal.

Read more: Things-A-Growing in WhiteOaks Centre Donegal - Gareth Austin

Tips and Tricks – How To Create An Herb Garden - Dee Sewell

Herbs were one of the very first edible plants I grew from seed over thirty years ago and they're a great way to begin the journey of growing your own. They're undemanding plants and can grow well in containers outside your door, in flower beds or in specially built herb gardens.

Read more: Tips and Tricks – How To Create An Herb Garden - Dee Sewell

Organic Farming Internship Programme - Horticulture

The Organic Growers of Ireland are seeking applications for the Organic Farming Internship Programme in Horticulture, which is being funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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FACT: Global Warming is Accelerating Fast ~ What Can We Do? - Dee Sewell

As news of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report filters into our news stream and the realisation that time is running out for us to adapt to the massive changes in climate that will become our norm, my mind has turned to lawnmowers. Yes, those innocuous little machines that millions of us push or steer up and down our gardens on sunny days in a never-ending battle against nature.

Read more: FACT: Global Warming is Accelerating Fast ~ What Can We Do? - Dee Sewell

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