Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Glenisk Seed Giveaway

Glenisk have teamed up with The Organic Center and are giving away 10,000 free packets of organic vegetable seeds. More information is available here.

As a special incentive for followers of this blog, any of you who sign up to get their free seeds and quote the code: grownyourown01 (enter this in the partner section) will also be entered into a draw for a goody bag with a month’s supply of our organic yogurts.

The seeds on offer are french beans, so even if you don't want to grow some of them this year, sign up and pass on the seeds to a school or community garden. And keep your fingers crossed for mild weather!

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Overwintering Frogs and Tadpoles

Last year we had lots of tadpoles - in both our big pond, and our small pond. We moved most of them to the big pond, because they didn't seem to be developing in the small pond. So a few tadpoles were still swimming round the small pool when winter set in, and so we thought that would be the end of them.

We'll I'm happy to say that I was wrong, and thay have overwintered nicely, are now developing back legs and presumably will turn into frogs later in the year. So that's an interesting thing that I haven't seen written anywhere- tadpoles can take a full year to develop, and so far, it doesn't seem to have done them any harm.

Also today, we saw one of last years frogs swimming in the big pond - a good size and colour, and no doubt there are lots more in the garden. Just waiting for them to get really hungry and eat all the slugs :-)

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

One Day Container Gardening Course


Grow your Own Food - in Containers!

One-day course at Mullingar Educate Together National School, Co. Westmeath.

10.00 am to 4.00 pm Saturday 16th May 2009.

No Garden? No Problem!
Grow your own food without lifting a spade!
Growing in containers offers greater control of pests (and pets!) and growing conditions, and you can do it anywhere; Lawn, Deck, Patio, Balcony - even the windowsill!

This intensive one-day course will show you the different types of containers that are available, such as growbags and window-boxes (and some you may not have thought of!) and the surprising variety of food you can grow in them.
Cost: €55 (All materials & Lunch included)
Numbers limited - book your place now!
Contact Anna at (087) 2222562
or email

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Breadmaking course



Bake Your Own Bread!

3-day course at Mullingar Educate Together National School
22nd, 23rd & 24th May 2009

Friday 22nd 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm
Saturday 23rd 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Sunday 24th 11.00 am - 1.00 pm

You will learn how to bake:
* Sourdough (Natural Yeast) bread.
* ‘No-knead’ bread (Amazing results for minimal effort!).
* ‘Artisan’-style bread in a bread-machine.
* Pizza.
Cost: €90 (All materials & Lunch on Saturday included)

Numbers limited - book your place now!

Contact Anna at (087) 2222562
or email

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