Click here to download This month is now showing hints of Spring: hedges and trees are starting to sprout buds, even some daffodils are appearing….and whilst it is not our most productive sewing and planting month, our peppers and tomatoes have already gone into the tunnels and large amounts of onions have been sewn into trays. Other mainstay crops will follow soon and the next issue will go into more detail on crop planting. A new Polytunnel is going up, to increase propagation and provide more planting room- see Goi’s update on this tunnel on p.5 ; recipes to use up our root veg before we move onto lighter recipes for Spring appear on p.10 and an article on our Pigs follows this. Getting to the Root of it: some facts on our Farm Pigs By Raquel Dafouz Last week, while some of our neighbours from Cloughjordan watched and with…
Find out all the latest farm news; Issue no. 3 June 2016 – Click here to read or download Peppa grazing happily in her field, early June morning 2016 Photo: EB June: The heat and dry weather these past weeks has left us in no doubt that summer is definitely here and the kids, newly released from the confines of school, are looking forward to even more sun for their summer holidays… but on the Farm we hope for rain between the rays and moderately warm temperatures. After an unseasonably cold April/start of May where frost threatened plants very late in the season (we had them snuggling under fleeces even in the tunnels!) we headed straight into spectacularly hot weather and drought, where four times daily watering was necessary to keep the plants alive…we even had to water some field crops. Read more….
After biding our time for the wayward weather to calm down, the sun has finally arrived to herald Spring proper. This month has been unseasonably cold and the sun’s heat sparse but over the last few days green shoots have burst forth in the polytunnels thanks to the new sun’s rays and in the days and weeks after St. Patrick’s Day we will be going into overdrive on the Farm…sewing trays and trays of seedlings, transplanting into pots, after that into the fields. Our irrigation systems are being cleaned and restored, channels dug for new fencing, old crops cleared, fruit beds weeded, soil turned over in the tunnels and fields…..after winter’s hibernation we are limbering up for the explosive abundance of life and growth in the madly busy weeks ahead. Read more…Issue 2 of Farm News
It is February and the weather is still wild and wintry but at the Farm we are looking forward to Spring and already some planting is underway. In Celtic times, this is the time of year when the pagan ritual of Imbolc would happen- or the Rites of Spring. Click Here to read more…Farm News-Issue No1