I wish all readers a wonderful and successful gardening year in 2018.
The last year was certainly quite a challenge with all the rain
throughout the summer – especially here in the west. Let’s hope that
we’ll finally get a great summer.
I will have a busy spring – not busy with growing crops, but busy
looking at them. With the Nuffield Scholarship I will travel with a
group of international students to Holland, Italy, Canada, US, Argentina
and Chile and then I’ll travel on my own to Bolivia and Peru. The
purpose of the trip is look at agricultural innovations throughout the
world and in the last 3 weeks in Peru, I will look into crops from the
Andes mountains that may have potential for growing in Ireland –
possibly concentrating on just 3 or 4 crops.
Some of the most promising types are yacon, oca, ulluco and mashua (see below).
Have a look at the Nuffield website below if you are interested in
finding out more about the scholarship or if you would like to apply for
the following year.
Also have a look at the following link from which you can access all
previous scholars’ reports. They are well written and some have very
interesting study topics.
Renvyle Gardening Weekend
As far as I’m aware there are still spaces available for the gardening weekend in Renvyle House Hotel/Kylemore Abbey on Fri 16th
– Sun 18th
February 2018 with Anja Gohlke (head Gardener at Kylemore Abbey), Joy
Larkcom, Kitty Scully and myself. What a great opportunity to meet my
gardenening hero Joy Larkcom.
Price: €195.00pp and includes 2 Bed & Breakfast,
1 Dinner & 1 Bar Food Evening Meal (Main Course + Tea/Coffee)
Tel: 095 46100
New seed varieties and plants
Please find below a list and description of some of our new seed range for Green Vegetable Seeds:
This is a great opportunity to learn and work at one of a few selected
organic market gardens throughout the country with some of the most
experienced growers. It includes various farm visits and monthly
lectures, usually held in Cloughjordan Eco-Village.