26April2018

An Adventure with Garlic - David Corscadden

During the week I said that the vegetable garden was already showing signs of growth and I was not lying! I was very surprised to see how much the garlic I planted in November had grown! I am a massive fan of garlic so the thoughts of growing some of my very own was very exciting to me! The variety I decided to grow is Germidour which is a violet clove and has a mild flavour.

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Pre-Packed Salad Bags ~ Yes or No? - Dee Sewell

I've always either grown or bought fresh salad leaves, cleaning and chopping them as needed, but after listening to recent reports sharing the news that thousands of pre-packed salad bags were being thrown away from supermarkets and household fridges, as well as hearing comments that salad bags are pumped full of chemicals, I bought a couple of bags to see what the fuss is about. Are pre-packed salads really that bad?

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An Tairseach - Ecology Centre Wicklow

The Dominican Sisters established the Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre in 1998 on their 70-acres of land in Wicklow. It is an organic/biodynamic farm and Centre for Ecology and Spirituality

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Could a Mind Map Help You to Lead a Sustainable Life? - Dee Sewell

If you spotted my earlier post where I shared ten ideas for local Irish Christmas gifts, you may have noticed the paragraph where I mentioned focussing all of my energy into Community Gardens.

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Laying Out ‘Goldilocks’ Veg Beds, Just the Right Width - Trevor Sargent

In horticulture, as with many aspects of life, using hand tools or machinery will have a bearing on the design of a holding. The acre of front field is to be both productive, while also being part of an amenity and educational area. Who knows, we may eventually be running courses in organic horticulture!

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Harvesting Corn Salad Sown in Late Autumn

We planted these Corn Salad plants into a raised bed in the Polytunnel near Halloween and now we've been busy harvesting these. Tasty winter salads....

Source: Gareth Austin Horticultural & Media Service - Harvesting Corn Salad Sown in Late Autumn

Protecting Early Peas for Planting Out in Spring - Trevor Sargent

It makes sense to spread the time of harvest to have something fresh every month if possible. This is a tall order more difficult if the temperature goes below freezing for any long period in the winter. Mind you, some crops don't mind eg parsnips, the everlasting cabbage is pretty robust too. However, Ireland is known for its temperate climate which suits the sowing of some seeds in the autumn to over-winter, as well as sowing in spring.

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Minister Hayes Promotes the Consumption of Irish Vegetables

Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine urged consumers to purchase Irish produced vegetables while inspecting some of the Irish brussels sprout crop with Enda Weldon, grower, at the Weldon’s family farm in North Co. Dublin.

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Will the 2013/14 Irish Winter Be Another Long, Cold One? - Dee Sewell

Can we expect a white Christmas in Ireland?

With the unexpected sign of snow hitting our hill-top this week, I immediately turned to the weather forecast to see what might be in store over the coming days and months.

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A Look Back Over an Exciting 2013 - David Corscadden

It is very hard to believe that it is already 2014! It feels as though it was only September a few days ago! For my first blog post of 2014 I said I would have a look back over a very exciting and jam packed 2013 for Beyond The Wild Garden.

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Cheap Vegetables. Should We Do Something About It? - Dee Sewell

I gasped when I walked into Aldi last week and saw the discounted vegetables for sale at just 8 cent. Dumbstruck was an understatement. As a vegetable grower questions flew around my head. If retailers can sell a bag of Brussels sprouts or carrots so cheaply, what percentage of that would the farmers who produce the vegetables be getting?

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Book Review: Would You Marry A Farmer? - Dee Sewell

Several weeks ago, when Lorna Sixsmith asked me if I’d consider reviewing her first, self published book “Would you Marry a Farmer?” in a bloggers book tour, I hesitated slightly… Would You Marry A FarmerWhat if I didn’t like it? What if it sent me to sleep? What if I couldn’t find time to read it? (I have an ever-growing pile of books on my bedside table and haven’t finished any of them this year!) and what if it makes me wish I’d married a farmer???

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New Year’s Greetings from the Organic College

This is the time of year for reflection and for a word of buiochas to all our friends and supporters in the local and national organic community. The past year has been eventful and full of changes, with new courses new modules, a great variety of field trips, visiting speakers and an improved growing season, for that we give a special buiochas.

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From Pig to Pork ~ Part 2 - Dee Sewell

The last month of being a pig 'farmer' was an emotional roller coaster ride as far as our eating habits were concerned. Having reared our first two free range pigs for the table this year we questioned every piece of meat we bought or cooked and whether we should be eating it at all.

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Making Plot Digging Manageable, The ‘Jigsaw’ Approach - Trevor Sargent

There is a piece of advice out there which says the best way to eat an elephant is one mouthful at a time, or words to that effect. Well, when you look out at an acre of overgrown shrub and grassland, the same principle applies to turn all that into an organic kitchen garden.

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Ten Irish Christmas Gift Ideas - Dee Sewell

Selling is harder than we think!

Just over a year ago I launched a limited edition Greenside Up seed gift range that was not only available from Ducketts Grove Tea Rooms, but also on my own Etsy store and some great online shops including Johnstown Garden Centre, The Secret Garden Centre and Small Changes.

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Easy Rum, Chocolate & Pear Trifle Recipe - Dee Sewell

When recipes go wrong…

Is it just me or do you find that from time to time things don’t quite go to plan in the kitchen? Ingredients are forgotten, some are mistakenly doubled up, the oven might be at the wrong temperature or the wrong dish used.

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