Things of interest that have grabbed my attention. Things to inspire, fascinate, educate and generally get you buzzingRead More
Each Friday (or therabouts)! I will endeavor to post things of interest that have grabbed my attention throughout the previous seven days. Things to inspire, fascinate, educate and generally get you buzzing.
- A Place To Gather - Check out this wonderful video from the Crafts Council of Ireland of various makers at their craft.
- Coming soon... Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider.
- If you like your cheese, but are bored with pairing them with grapes and apples, you might find these tips for pairing food and cheese useful.
- An interesting article on coffee - Do you buy fairtrade, organic, femenino?
- If you are trying to cut down on the amount of plastic you use, My Plastic Free Life has a few tips on how to store food produce without using plastic.
- Kickstart your creativity with these 5 TED talks.
- How much you need to plant to feed your family for a year - If you would like to feed your family from your garden for a year, but are not sure where to start, here might be a good place.
- The Icelandic Goat is in danger as the last Goat Farm is about to go under the hammer.
- A new UN report says that small scale organic farming is the only way to feed the world in the future.
- A Mexican judge has denied Monsanto a permit to grow GM soya beans, due to the potential threat to the honey bee and honey production - Great news.
- And a cocktail to finish... Herbs, peaches and bourbon - Yes Please!
There is a 'Super Moon' tomorrow, I sense that I can feel its draw already.
Earlier this year, we had a water diviner out here, so that we could establish the best spot for a well - We live between two lakes, so water is fairly abundant around these parts. It didn't hugely surprise me when the diviner informed us that the house is practically sitting on and is surrounded by water.
This knowledge explained the unknown energy source that I sometimes feel or sense from the house, an un-settled energy at times. Needless to say that between tomorrow's super full moon and all the rain that has been falling recently - things around here are stirring.
I find pastry and baking is always a good remedy, so envisage the kitchen may be hot this weekend. I made this galette a couple of days ago - Garden rhubarb and berry - enjoyed at dusk, on the porch with homemade meadowsweet ice cream and a strong cup of tea - It helps!
April has been a busy month in the garden. The weather has really helped to motivate me, there have been some gorgeous days out there recently - I'm talking sun cream and hammock kind of days.
We have been eating plenty of garden produce already, in fact I have pretty much been living off homemade coleslaw, pesto and lettuce, rocket, dandelion and wild garlic salad's. You just can't beat that feeling of wandering around the garden, picking fresh food and having it for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and sometimes supper!
I have also been enjoying the odd mint Julep on these bright evenings. Mint is one of my most favourite herbs, I would gladly throw it into everything prepared in the kitchen, so I was delighted to see the mint re-appear this month. I allow it to grow wild around our little wooded area - It would actually please me greatly if I had a lawn of mint!
The greenhouse that Micheál built last autumn is proving to be such a wonderful asset. I sewed all the seedling's in there and they have all sprouted well.
So far we have started off: Courgette's; Cucumbers; Onions; Wild Strawberries; Coriander; Chives; Lettuce leaves; Rocket and additional blueberries and blackcurrants'.
With these few plants and the left over winter crop of sprouting broccoli and cabbage, along with the wild foods growing around us, such as the sorrel, dandelion and wild garlic, I have found that we have a plentiful addition to the nutritional needs of a family of five - In fact, it is hard to use the broccoli and cabbage fast enough, I have let some go to seed as the bees are feasting on the flowers.
I am re-discovering that it is such a lovely time in the garden at the moment, there is so much appearing, new things seem to pop up each day. The blossoms are now on the pear and apple trees and the wild rose bushes are full of life again.
So much happening in the space of a month, I can't wait until May - One of my most favourite months of the year!
We had a problem with some white and green fly on the strawberry plants in the greenhouse. I was told to boil garlic and spray the plants with the water. I have done so and it actually seems to work, so far so good - Fingers crossed, the last thing I want is green fly in the green house all year. Any other suggestions are welcomed.
In May I hope to:
- Sow - Beetroot; Carrots; Peppers; Chard; Radish.
- Plant a few flowers.
- Keep an eye on the new plants and keep the beds raked and fertilized.
- Construct a structure to protect the soft fruits.
- Enjoy the garden!