Mini Projects

Hardy Kiwi and Grape Vines Trellis

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Yet another quick afternoon project sorted. We repotted some hardy kiwis (Issai) and grape vines last year. Lots of compost and woodchip mulch should get the vines off to a fertile start and keep them nearly weed free. These kiwis should grow and ripen successfully in our climate here in Ireland. Did any of you […]

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Insect Hotel – Video

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We built the insect hotel to create more habitat for all those bugs and critters and hopefully allow them to overwinter in our garden. Covering your garden beds with woodchip mulch also makes for great insect habitat year around. The importance of insects both to the ecosystem and to the garden can’t be understated. We […]

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Container Gardening

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Advantages Great for beginners – can be done any time and anywhere, even on a balcony or on a window sill. Plants remain mobile – handy for rearranging and moving them into different micro climates. Can easily be repotted for extra root space and fresh nutrients, plants will grow bigger. Very little weeding to do […]

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The famous anti slug table – Video

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This spring we’ve built an anti slug table in our nursery. The idea is to keep moving young plants out of the green house once germinated from seed. Typically they will be eaten by the local slugs quite quickly, unless put up onto the anti slug table. It provides both spacial protection by being high […]

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Planting Fruit Trees

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Planting a fruit tree well and kick starting it’s life couldn’t be simpler. It’s a once off investment and you should get fresh better than organic fruits for life! Here are a few steps with pictures. (Quick info) Always plant at least 2 varieties of each type of fruit tree close to each other and […]

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Making Apple Juice

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We got a box of eating apples from a friend with a surplus and made 10 liters of real apple juice. It’s so good freshly pressed with nothing added, you can’t buy it in the shops! It’s being stored in the fridge so it doesn’t start fermenting into cider, not that it would be an […]

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Making Country Wine (Elderflower)

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This June we made a batch of elderflower wine. Here are basic instructions, a recipe and pictures on how to make it yourself at home. These instructions can easily be adapted to using berries or fruit to make different country wines. You can either use fresh flowers in May and June from the European elder […]