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General News : The farm is buzzing with activity we have never been so busy, which is great and we are thankful to be in this lucky situation. It wouldn’t be possible without all the hard work and dedication of the team of people working at Green Earth Organics. Many were new starters this year and they have taken to their new jobs with enthusiasm and care. On a farm it is quite a lot of work to guide that little fragile seed from the packet to a fresh organic I hope that these weekly e-mails will give you an insight into what we do and more importantly how producing great tasting fresh organic food goes hand in hand with taking care of our environment.
Wild borage in one of our fields
over wintering onions
kale flowers, yummy in salads
a beautiful morning dawns
Ramona planting red lettuce
Ramona planting more red lettuce
Farm News: As always we continue to harvest and prepare the land for new planting hand in hand. We are now slap bang in the middle of the “Hungry Gap”. This is the period of the year when local produce is usually in short supply. The old crops are finished and the new ones aren’t ready for harvest yet. Most people tend to think of April May as a time when you should have load so veg available but this is not the case. However, we bridge this gap as best we can by harvesting from our polytunnels and also by using veg out of our cold store from last year’s harvest and by buying in produce. We are currently harvesting salad, rocket, cabbage, scallions, parsley and radish and have Irish spuds, beetroot, leeks and our own parsnips. If you take a look at some of the pictures on the website you will see what I mean.
Mildly peppered salad leaf, in all our salads
one of our 6 tunnels, full of salad, scallions and garlic
radish "joined at the hip?"
baby carrots and baby feet!
rhubarb and rainbow chard
biodiversity, we leave the kale and sprouting broccoli flowers to give the bees something to munch on!
Deirdre harvesting some radish
Gardening tip: I gave out 4 fantastic tips at the Galway food festival talk to help you in your gardening endeavours. The first one was to use a fleece see previous blog post. The current one is to have a cropping plan. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy a small diary or a calendar. Just mark on the calendar when to sow and transplant each crop. Once you have your dates you have a plan and it makes much less frantic when it comes to the actual doing. This is works particularly well for lettuce which you will sow maybe every two weeks during the growing season. Next week I will give you “Tip No 3”.
So thanks again for your time and custom, I hope you enjoyed the pictures, and incidentally we will have fresh carrots very soon!