Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tips:
Sowing flower seed should be at its height now, plus it is also the start of the main sowing season for vegetables outdoors. Early flowering bulbs will require some attention this month.
As long as weather conditions allow preparation for lawns can begin. Gardens could very well need a general tidy up at this time and keep a look out for any weeds that are beginning to appear.
As long as the ground isn’t too wet and soggy early sowings can be made by warming up the soil prior to sowing using cloches or environ fleece which will help to ensure good seed germination results.
As soon as soil conditions are suitable sowings of artichoke, beetroot, broad bean, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, lettuce, parsley and spinach. Sowings of aubergine and cucumber, along with other tender vegetables, can now be made in a heated greenhouse.
As the pruning of established trees and bushes should have been carried out by now, it is a fairly quite time for fruit, but you can still make late plantings of soft fruit such as gooseberry, raspberry and strawberry.
Looking to Purchase seeds / Sets? Consider http://www.giyinternational.org/shop
Thanks to Anne in Wexford GIY for sharing.
The March GIY meeting will be on Monday next March 10th at 7.30pm in the Riverbank House Hotel. Wexford
- 7.30pm Welcome
- 7.45pm Potatoes, talk given by Denis Griffin of Teagasc, Oak Park
- 8.15pm Questions & Answers
- 9pm Any other business
Wexford GIY meet every at The Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford on the third Monday night of every month at 7.30.
As a lover of self sufficiency I love this project!
GROW HQ – An urban food centre where people come to grow, cook and eat home-grown food.
GROW HQ is a grow/cook training centre, home-grown food cafe & shop, and urban food garden. The project is being created by GIY, an emerging global movement which started in Ireland, of up to 50,000 people who grow their own food.
GROW HQ is a partnership between GIY and Waterford City Council who are giving a high-profile city site to GIY on which they will develop a GIY centre and 3 acre urban food garden.
The Green Roof at GROW HQ
The green roof at GROW HQ is a living, breathing feature that will be seen by visitors to the centre for generations to come.
Designed by our architects, Solearth Ecological Architecture, the roof will be in two main parts – a sloped roof with sedum planting, and an accessible flat roof with an edible wild meadow. By sponsoring a Living Sod of GROW HQ, you will inspiring us and others with a deeper understanding of food and support people need to grow their own.
To show our thanks for your support, we’ve put together a very special package of benefits for our Living Sod sponsors:
Numbered GROW HQ Living Sod Certificate.
10% Discount on GROW HQ courses and events for 2 years.
Free Quarterly GROW HQ Newsletter.
Copy of GROW, the GIY magazine.
For more information on the Grow HQ Project visit growhq.org or follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Grow_HQ
Wexford GIY (Grow It Yourself)
by Betty Kehoe, Aisling Designs & Landscapes
On the third Monday night of every month, a group of eager people meet in the Riverbank House Hotel, in Wexford. The reason for this get together is to inspire & encourage each other in the task of growing their own food. GIYing has become part of the normal everyday life of Wexford people.
The desire for a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle has inspired many people, of all ages, all socio economic groups and all nationalities to engage in this activity.
We have lost sight, in recent years, of where our food is coming from and of even more concern, what processes and chemicals are being used to produce our food. This has led many people to strive to regain the old skills of growing their own vegetables and fruit. Indeed a lot of households today are home to a clutch of chickens and even a pig or two.
The schools around Wexford are also getting into the swing of GIY. Many schools have their own kitchen gardens, where children can get involved in growing food crops, equipping them with vital survival skills.
Wexford GIY group meetings are a great source of shared learning, the more experienced growers helping and encouraging beginner growers. The meetings also have a great social aspect, with like minded people meeting and chatting. Many people head down to the Bar for refreshments after the meeting, building long lasting friendships.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the Wexford GIY meetings. There are no membership or admission fees.
The meetings are held at The Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford on the third Monday night of every month at 7.30.
Email or text reminders of the upcoming meeting are sent out to all.
Wexford GIY would like to thank the Riverbank House Hotel most sincerely for the use of the conference room. It is greatly appreciated.
Further information can be had from Betty Kehoe 086 4007993 or Anne Troy 086 2766247