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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 [...]

5 09, 2019

Supercharge your soil with Green Manures

2019-12-10T16:41:01+00:00September 5th, 2019|Life on the Farm|Comments Off on Supercharge your soil with Green Manures

Most gardeners are familiar with green manures and why they are so beneficial to use.  For those who are just starting to get into gardening and may not have come across this term before, green manures are fast growing plants which are grown to cover areas of ground which are currently out of use.  For [...]

4 09, 2019

Life on the Farm – September

2019-12-10T16:41:58+00:00September 4th, 2019|Life on the Farm|Comments Off on Life on the Farm – September

Apple season is upon us and our nursery have have supplied our farm shop with a beautiful range of two year old potted trees. Our bareroot trees are looking really healthy and are still growing. These bareroot varieties will be available for sale on our website from the first week in October and are shipped in [...]

28 08, 2019

Harvest Festival – 15th September 11am – 5pm

2019-08-28T15:15:00+00:00August 28th, 2019|Life on the Farm|Comments Off on Harvest Festival – 15th September 11am – 5pm

In recent years our big open day 'The Great Irish Garden' was held in August but this year marks the return to our traditional Harvest Festival. September is an ideal time to showcase our vital conservation work, when our seed harvesting is in full flow and the majority of our rare varieties of Irish heritage [...]

7 08, 2019

Life on the Farm – August

2019-08-07T10:23:50+00:00August 7th, 2019|Life on the Farm|0 Comments

August is a busy for for seed harvesting peas, mangetout, rocket, poppies, Galway wheat, Oats, beetroot, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, parsnips and chard are all now coming to fruition for harvest. In the polytunnels our cucumbers, courgettes and pumpkins are starting to swell up. Visitors sometimes comment on how these fruit should have already been harvested but we [...]

28 05, 2019

Life on the farm – June

2019-05-28T16:10:08+00:00May 28th, 2019|Life on the Farm|0 Comments

We are checking our newly grafted trees and they are all looking very healthy. The orchard team are busy mulching around the bases of our mature trees with shredded paper and cardboard, then using grass clippings to weigh it down. When cutting the grass in our orchards we tend to leave large patches uncut. This should result in all of the [...]

1 05, 2019

What to plant now – May

2019-05-01T10:46:45+00:00May 1st, 2019|Life on the Farm|0 Comments

The list of vegetables you can plant in May is a long one. You can plant out Pumpkins,Courgettes, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers (under cover) and late sowing for Kales, Cabbages, Chard and Sprouting Broccoli. May is the ideal time to plant your carrots & parsnips but be careful as there is still a risk of ground [...]

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