26April2018

Beef Stew

Organic Recipe of the Week – Winter Beef Stew

On these cold crisp winter days a great tonic is a hearty warm stew. This recipe from Gillian Westbrook is a little different but is sure to leave everyone feeling more than satisfied.

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Digging New Vegetable Beds Ahead of The Wet Season - Trevor Sargent

Last winter was so wet from December onwards that this year we are taking no chances when it comes to preparing new veg beds for the spring ahead of the winter weather. To speed up the digging and disturb the soil life as little as possible, we are just turning the sod on top of the adjacent sod, a little like preparing an Aran bed – known to some as a 'lazy bed'.

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Natural Ways to Reduce Anxiety With Herbs

Black Friday is becoming a bigger deal each year, but it's a stressful time for business owners and shoppers alike. The mad rush to get the best deals and bargains can cause a lot of tension between shops' employees and the general public. If you're a store owner, you may want to consider finding natural ways to reduce anxiety during the frenzied Black Friday shopping day. Here are some relaxing herbs with naturally calming qualities to display in different ways in your store:

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Prepare Your Garden for Winter- Make Leaf Mould Compost - The Organic Centre

Winter is upon us and after a super dry September with hardly any rainfall, October in Rossinver was considerably wetter than last year and November so far is really wet with rainfall on November 13th the highest this year with 35.5 mm on one single day.

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Pumpkin Art – Time For Something Different? - Dee Sewell

It never occurred to me to decorate a pumpkin at Halloween any other way than carving it, but Melissa from the Empress of Dirt blog recently published a post calling for entries to a pumpkin decorating competition where pumpkins are embellished rather than sculptured and it seems such a great idea.

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Organic Recipe

Organic Recipe of the Week

  • 1 x 500g Glenisk Organic natural yogurt
  • 2 pots of organic porridge oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bread soda
  • Pinch salt

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Using First Batch of Compost on Newly Dug Beds - Trevor Sargent

The 3 bay composting system was set up last spring assisted by the brother-in-law who provided 10 old pallets. (Thanks Francis!). I have just read Goff Lalor's article 'Dreaming About Perfect Compost' in the winter issue of Crann, Ireland's tree magazine.

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Sprouts Success - GIY

Ok, so here's a confession. In almost ten years of growing I've never managed to successfully grow that quintessential Christmas crop, the Brussels sprout. This has been somewhat irksome as I am a fan of sprouts and generally speaking, really in to the idea of vegetables that grow well over winter. But alas they are a slow growing crop, which means you have to be on the ball for a long period of time to grow them successfully. 

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3 Essentials You Need To Know To Help You Grow Your Own Vegetables - Dee Sewell

Have you been planning to grow your own vegetables but haven't started yet? Perhaps you've begun growing your own but aren't sure if you're doing the right thing? With all the good intentions in the world, sometimes it's difficult to take the first steps or spend the time to learn more. 

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Will You Join The Night of A Thousand Feasts? - Dee Sewell

Feasting with Friends

It's been a long while since we hosted a feast at home yet there's nothing quite like inviting friends to sit around the dinner table to share food, chat and laughter. 

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3 Ways to Use Pantone's Color of the Year 'Marsala' in 2015

Each year, the Pantone Color Institute goes through a meticulous process to select its color of the year. That's because the color Pantone chooses is not only decided based on current trends - the hue is a huge trendsetter itself. 

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Worms Appreciate Rain Proofing and Weed Proofing of the Veg Beds Until Spring - Trevor Sargent

Last winter was so wet here in Tacumshin that any digging of soil was impossible from December through to April. Meanwhile the mild temperatures encouraged plenty of scutch, docks and other nuisance weeds to thrive over the winter.

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Permaculture in Cloughjordan in the Spring and Summer

Learn Permaculture design, how we can live more sustainably, grow food intensively and create livelihoods within our own communities. Three Weekends: 25 - 26 April, 9 - 10 and 23 - 24 May 2015 | Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary | €350 (Secure place with €75 deposit) | Contact us with this form or at 0505 56060 | POSTER

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Operation GIY Nation 2014 - GIY News

Think you wouldn't be able to grow your own vegetables? Cast aside your doubts, stick a seed in the ground and grow with us! Operation GIY Nation is about growing some of your own food with a bunch of people just like you - making a few mistakes, mixing up your seeds, forgetting to water on the hottest day of the summer, and still managing to land some of the freshiest, tasties food right onto your table.

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Reflecting – Top 14 Gardening Articles For 2014 - Dee Sewell

Sometimes we have to look back to help us move forward. As the year draws to a close it seems like a good time to share with you the gardening articles from the blog that most caught your (or search engines) attention. I'd also like to ask you a question or two.

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The Vulnerability of Bees to Agrichemicals is Good Reason to Farm Organically - Trevor Sargent

One of the many fringe events during the Wexford Opera Festival this year was a screening of the Irish made film 'Colony' about the dramatic decline of honey bee numbers. The film features beekeepers Lance and Victor Seppi from Pixley, California, but the crisis is a global one.

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rx3 Publish Compost User Guides

rx3 has recently produced a number of information factsheets to support compost purchasers. The aim of the factsheets is to help buyers identify issues of relevance, and provide consumers with the resources to select appropriate products for their needs.

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Grow, Cook, Eat in Stores Now

GIY has releases its brand new grow/cookbook, called GROW, COOK, EAT (A GIY guide to growing and cooking your own food) which is in shops now priced at RRP €25.00. The book is a no-nonsense month-by-month guide to growing your own food, written by GIY founder Michael Kelly, and featuring seasonal contributions and recipes from over 35 of GIY's favourite chefs, cooks and growers including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Dylan McGrath, Donal Skehan, Darina Allen, Neven Maguire, Marian Keyes, Rachel Allen, Clodagh McKenna, Mark Diacono, Joy Larkcom and Alys Fowler.

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The Beaning of Life By Michael Kelly - GIY Newsletter

I got a good clean up done in the veg patch this week, clearing most of the beds where there were crops that needed removing. Primary among these were the legume beds where I sowed peas, broad beans, dwarf french beans, climbing french beans and runner beans this year – all of these are long past their best in my garden now that the first frost have arrived. 

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