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2 12, 2021

Life on the Farm – December

2021-12-02T14:29:43+00:00December 2nd, 2021|Life on the Farm|Comments Off on Life on the Farm – December

December is when we deliver the hundreds of orders for our Irish heritage apple trees. We have to wait until the trees become fully dormant before we dig up our bare root apple trees and then prepare them for delivery, before shipping them out before the Christmas holidays. It's great to see so many orders [...]

10 11, 2021

Life on the Farm – November

2021-11-10T10:51:29+00:00November 10th, 2021|Life on the Farm|Comments Off on Life on the Farm – November

There has been a huge demand for our Irish heritage apple trees this year and unfortunately we have to announce that we are completely sold out of our stocks for this year. As the bare root crop approaches dormancy, the trees will be prepared for unearthing and as soon as they are fully dormant, they [...]

10 10, 2021

Life on the Farm – October

2021-11-10T10:45:06+00:00October 10th, 2021|Life on the Farm|Comments Off on Life on the Farm – October

We are processing hundreds of varieties of seeds at the moment. We are working hard to harvest, clean, test and pack seeds and while this is tough work we are excited about the many varieties we will be able to make available to you in our upcoming catalogue. These heritage open-pollinated varieties have the ability to adapt, and [...]

10 09, 2021

Life on the Farm – September

2021-11-10T10:38:47+00:00September 10th, 2021|Life on the Farm|Comments Off on Life on the Farm – September

Apple season is upon us and our nursery have been busy preparing for our apple tasting tours. These tours are always a highlight of the year and offer you the chance to taste some of Ireland's rare heritage apple varieties. These tours are all currently sold out but if you would like to be added to [...]

11 08, 2021

Life on the farm – August

2021-08-11T12:02:27+00:00August 11th, 2021|Life on the Farm, News|Comments Off on Life on the farm – August

In the orchards general maintenance is a priority while the weather is good. Checking and replacing stakes, adjusting tree ties and cutting grass happen on a daily basis. Budding is our main task for August. This is a form of grafting in which a single bud is used as the scion rather than a section of stem. Once [...]

1 07, 2021

Life on the Farm – April

2021-11-10T10:32:53+00:00July 1st, 2021|Life on the Farm|Comments Off on Life on the Farm – April

April is the month our garden and orchard teams long for. Milder, drier weather allows them to be out in the gardens for longer to tackle the workload full on, providing the weather behaves of course. Our bare root selling season has finished and was a great success. A small number of bare roots will [...]

8 06, 2020

Life on the Farm – June

2020-08-17T11:16:03+00:00June 8th, 2020|Life on the Farm|0 Comments

We have finished potting on all of our heritage apple trees and with the recent dry spell we have to keep a close on them to ensure healthy growth over the coming months. Constant tending to our budded stock is also needed now, as well as keeping an eye out for any diseases on our mature [...]

8 05, 2020

Life on the Farm – May

2020-08-17T10:30:52+00:00May 8th, 2020|Life on the Farm|0 Comments

Due to phenomenal demand, we have had to take our seeds offline to allow us time to catch up and process the hundreds of orders placed over the last week. Our supporter seed order season has come to an end but any orders received by April 30th are being processed. New supporters will be able [...]

5 03, 2020

Life on the Farm – March

2020-08-17T09:54:39+00:00March 5th, 2020|Life on the Farm|0 Comments

We had a fantastic Community Seed Share on March 1st with dozens of new faces, coming from far and wide to share and swop seeds. These events form a large part of our ethos here at Irish Seed Savers, bringing communities together to promote biodiversity, share stories and to help protect rare heirloom varieties for future [...]

7 02, 2020

Life on the Farm – February

2020-08-17T09:41:16+00:00February 7th, 2020|Life on the Farm|0 Comments

To commemorate the arrival of Imbolc (Brigid’s Day) we performed the ancient tradition of the ‘orchard visiting wassail’. This custom awakens the land and promotes a good harvest for the year ahead. This was followed by a tree planting ceremony with our long time supporter Steve Marsh. Due to the milder weather some of our [...]

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