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Slug hunting is a grim task Slugs are having an absolute field day this year, because of the cool and wet weather which we’ve had to endure in May and June. Each night when I lock in the hens, I detour to the veg patch on the way back to the house to hunt slugs… Read more »

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The following additions are confirmed for The Garden Party at The Organic Centre on Sunday 15th July from 11am -5pm: We will have small farm animals close up for our young visitors by “Farmyard in your Schoolyard” between 2 and 5pm. Traditional music by local musicians 2-4pm. Selected stalls with flowers, herbs, crafts and tools… Read more »

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Welcome to our Summer Newsletter 2012 Our summer course programme is now in full swing and we offer courses on storing and preserving (8th July), companion planting (July 22nd), dry stone walling (30th June/1st July, and 11th and 12th August), natural cosmetic making (7th and 8th July), soap making (21st and 22nd July) and aromatherapy… Read more »

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The weekend of Saturday and Sunday May 19th and 20th sees a departure from the weekend courses at The Organic Centre. Instead we are proud to announce hosting the first annual HerbFeast 2012 A celebration of Irish herbs and herbalism! Weaving the Web of Our Herbal Community. Talks, walks and meditations from general to advanced with Judith Hoad,… Read more »

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Saturday April 21st 2012 at 10am in the Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway. Registration from 9.30am. Our Speakers are Klaus Laitenberger, Dermot Carey, Trevor Sargent and Kay Sinnott. Klaus Laitenberger Klaus is well known to new and established vegetable growers in Ireland. His book Vegetables for The Irish Garden has become the bible for GIYers as it’s easy to… Read more »

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Saturday April 14th from 2–4pm Admission is free This event marks the start of GIY week in Connaught. The Organic Centre in Rossinver, Co Leitrim have invited all GIY groups in Connaught to attend a special event to launch GIY Week in the region. So, come along for… A seed sowing demonstration Top Tips on seeds… Read more »

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More and more people across Ireland have made the decision to Grow It Yourself. Whether it is to provide tastier vegetables for their families, cut out some of the chemicals in their food, save money or just feel a sense of achievement, many people are returning to their gardens and allotments to get growing. With… Read more »

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Our 2012 course programme “Skills for life” has seen three extremely busy weekends so far and we are looking forward to our annual potato day. Spuds and Seeds Day—Free Event at The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim  Sunday 11th March 11am–5pm The Organic Centre marks 15 years of Potato Day with a free event full of… Read more »

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Horkans Lifestyle & Garden Centre were awarded a top 5 star Quality award at this years Garden Centre of the Year awards held in Dublin on Friday night. Horkans received two top awards for excellence in their Westport Lifestyle & Garden Centre and also for their flagship centre in Turlough, Castlebar. Pictured are Keith Murphy,… Read more »

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This is the concept plan that I did for Castlebar Community Garden. The circulating paths form a leaf shape, symbolizing the importance of photosynthesis and plants to all our lives. The lines of a terraced grass bank follow the pattern of parallel leaf venation and create an amphitheatre in front of a staging area while… Read more »

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We want to thank all our customers and Friends for visiting, shopping, participating in courses and training and generally supporting our work. We wish you a great growing season in 2012! Our theme for 2012 is Skills for Life and The Organic Centre team has come up with seven ideas for the new gardening year… Read more »

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SPINACH BONBINI F1 An outstanding spinach variety.  It is high yielding, excellent taste, slow to bolt, very attractive leaves and mildew resistant. Isn’t that wonderful? Sowing: Sow small amounts every 3-4 weeks from late March until July.  Sow 3 seed per cell in modular trays and plant out 4 to 5 weeks after sowing without… Read more »