Friday, February 17, 2012

New Season


I went out to the allotment today for the first time since before Christmas which seems like months ago so much has happened and changed in that time.
Sinead and Aoife came with me and spent some time checking out what had changed around the site since we last saw it.
Zwena has some fantastic plans for the Hydro Farm not just for this season but the coming years, it will be a very exciting place to be!
On 24th March Brown Envelope Seeds are visiting us and advising us on seeds and planting etc and we will also get a discount on the seeds we buy.

They have been selecting over the years for varieties and individual plants that work here as they operate in West Cork. Their seeds are open-pollinated, or open source seeds, which means that you can save your own seed from them.

The farm is certified by The Organic Trust so that the seeds may be used by certified organic growers. There are no chemical treatments carried out on the seeds or the plants they are harvested from. (IRL-O1B3-EU Symbol No. 159).

Brown Envelope Seeds is registered as a seed producer with the Department of Agriculture.
www.brownenvelopeseeds.com

Fionnuala Fallon who writes a gardening article for the Irish Times each Thurs visited us in 2010 to include us in her forthcoming book which is now with the printers and we are looking forward to seeing ourselves in print soon.
Fionnuala contacted me recently to see if we would be interested in trialing grafted plants for Suttons.
Suttons have been developing a grafting technique over the last few years and we are now part of the process trying them out in the various growing situations which allotment holders and small vegetable growers present.
We have chosen 3x tomato varieties, Aubergines, peppers and cucumbers, they also have Chilli plants but we passed on them!
Our plants will arrive as plugs in mid March and then the fun begins!
The benefits of Suttons grafting process promise
Up to 70% more fruit
Earlier fruiting
Longer fruiting
Greater yield
Greater resistance to pests and disease
Better for outdoor growing.

Jobs done today,
A general tidy up of the plot, harvested the last of the sprouts, fixed the fences and began digging the onion bed.
We have a fantastic crop of rhubarb coming up, it was great to see something starting the new season
I cut the autumn fruiting raspberries down to the ground and cut back dead or frosted foliage on the globe artichokes.
I put some seed potatoes in egg boxes in the greenhouse, just a few to test the foolhardiness or otherwise of doing so as the hens are still laying waste to the back garden at home ( there may be pests on the plot also)
They will be getting their comeuppance in a few weeks when they are wired into the end of the garden with a new hen house and extended run and I will reclaim my part of the garden.
Weather permitting on Sunday we are having a family dig in on the plot as some of our more enthusiastic plotters are all dug out and ready to plant already!
I have not been on the computer lately and did not think I would continue with the allotment or the blog as my life had taken such a tangent.I will just confine the blog to gardening in the future as sharing my personal life over the past few weeks would take books to impart or make sense of.I say this here knowing only my regular readers and online friends would read this far!Thank you all for leaving comments while I have been awol
I will have to get back into the habit of taking my camera with me to the plot

7 comments:

Theanne said...

So happy to know you're back Peggy...on any terms you need or desire. You, Ann and Bangchik are my oldest friends on blogger, it'll be 3 years in May since I started "Annie's 25x25 Garden" for Don! And it's possible I visited your blog before that when I was using "bravenet"! I'm just so happy to see you back here and to know you'll still be gardening on your allotment! Uh oh I see you've discovered the one piece of really BAD news I may have neglected to tell you about chickens...they take over and they eat EVERYTHING even the roots in the dirt! Happy you're able to confine them and take back some of your yard space! Did you notice how HAPPY I am to be able to talk to you again! Well I am, I've been concerned! Take care post when you can garden when you can love and hugs from Florida Theanne

W. Latane Barton said...

Have missed you and it was a delight to see you back in your garden spot in Cork... ah, I can just smell the Irish air. It will be so much fun to follow your springtime adventure in your little part of the world. Yummy veggies!! Hugs Latane

Willow said...

Yes I too have missed your posts. I can't wait to get in our garden and start working again. Next month will be the time for us to get our yards clean and start getting beds ready for the growing season.

PeggyR said...

I've also missed your posts. We have had a very mild winter here so far. Norm will be coming home end of March, so hopefully things will be beginning to bloom by then if we aren't socked with winter at that time!

farm land investment said...

Hi:

Welcome back. Its good to know you are using only organic seeds and nothing GMO. Down with frankenfoods and GMO!

Marie said...

Would love to see the book! How wonderful that your garden will be included. Love the information you always post...you are so much more knowledgeable than I am! I always learn something! How lovely that the day the potatoes will be planted is St. Patrick's day!

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Oh YES how I would have loved to have been a blogger friend of yours back in 96 when Mom & were there! We could have met then and it would have been wonderful! There will be some more pictures of that trip posted next week. It's such a special memory for me!

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