|Dear Fellow Gardeners,
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 to 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: