|Minature bell peppers in the cold frame|
Thursday, 25 April 2013
|Pat out the front working on the clean up|
A most interesting part of the visit was a meeting with Pat and Declan, Joe and Daces landlords who were hard at work when we arrived out to see the front of the house and it's little terraced gardens. They have decided to clear a derelict plot and invest in a small glasshouse, some fruit trees and shrubs and some raised beds. The raised beds will not just be for them but for all of their tennants too which is a smashing idea. Not since my wonderful gardening landlord in Dalys Cross have I heard of any landlord going down the GIY route and including their tenants in the plan.
|The planned site for the glasshouse|
|tulips bursting into flower after rain and heat|
|Whiskers waiting to ambush Ginger!|
|bat plant by sue kohler|
|Thermometer in the glasshouse.|
|French beans in the glasshouse|
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Saturday, 13 April 2013
Ok its weeks ago now but I did take the east Limerick students to the Organic College-an t-Ionad Glas, in Dromcollogher for a visit as part of the Festival of Lifelong Learning in Limerick. Eileen had said to me it had changed and developed out of measure and she was right! We had an amazing tour with the very hospitable Dan, met loads of the students and saw lots of cool stuff. Highly reccomend a visit if you are planning a trip to South Limerick/North Cork. Check out the website here or ring them +353 (0)63 83604 or email them for more info firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way we booked in for lunch and it was excellent no less than a choice of three delicious organic soups, home made cakes, bread, tea and excellent coffee. We finished the day with a visit to "An Siopa Glas" the college shop where the prices were really excellent. All in all a great day.
|Getting the ground ready on Horans Acre|
|The lads explain their field scale crops|
|Showing 1 year and 2 year no dig trials|
|Getting a talk on the refurbishment of the herb garden|
|explaining the return to old fashioned flowers in the cut flower garden|
|overwintering and early spring crops in the second years impressive commercial tunnel|
|The lads are mesmerised by the early potatoes!|
|pulling back winter protection to get going with spring crops|
|Catherine explains how to build a permaculture shed in the wildlife area|
|the tree nursery-most profitable for the college|
|Explaining the stratification pit and how it works|
|Jacks beautiful heather and daffodils with cherubs arse in view!|
This week we are rewarded for all that hassle, the wind has changed direction, the temperature rose and the rain (last piece of the puzzle) has finally arrived.
|coming through the bad weather and looking good the ever reliable Tigerella Tomato|
So now I haven't thrown in the towel (came very close) it's back to business.
|First use of this beautiful tool! Thank you Mary J, Maudie, Paudie, Tom, Denise, Miriam, Mary and Paudie x|