notes from the farm

There is so much going on in the garden this time of year that we felt it would be nice to give a little note from the garden. Please let us know if you like it and want to know more. This month I (fergal) will give a bigger recap as it’s the first one for a while but in future it will only be a quick line to keep you in the loop on how your veg is doing.

We have had a great spring overall, there has been both great and average weather but the growth has been good. We are still expanding the garden to grow more food which requires lots of work. The biggest job at the moment is making these beds or the first time, but once they are made it will be easier from here on out. This week saw the tunnels looking really full of life and our cucumbers are not far away now! Outside we pulled all the garlic that was planted in late October. It got a disease called rust (where all the plant goes brown) in the last month but thankfully the plants had done almost all there growing and we have a good harvest. We will be giving the members the not so pretty looking ones to start with and the good ones will be stored for later in the year. Besides that we are still planting away (beetroot, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, leeks, spring onions) and weeding and minding all the plants we have been planting for the past four months. 

Chard – a member of the beetroot family – is surely one of the most underrated vegetables of our time. Learn more with Brian Cavanagh.  Keep Reading 

Sunday 30th July at the Farm 5:30 – 8 Luka bloom will play at our second barn nights to watch a little clip of our first night  click here  This spring homes were found for around 250 young trees: Birch, Alder, Crab Apple, Hazel, Damson, Spindle, Willow, Wych Elm, Copper Beech, Horse and Sweet Chestnut. Many went to the «Tree Walk» to be planted at schools in Connemara, others found homes locally and a few were planted at Moy hill Farm. There are a good few pot grown Holly now large enough to be planted out and if anyone would like a few do please get in touch. And may I renew the appeal for the ongoing need of willing hands to nurture the young trees. Joe Quilty 0879271113