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Urban Gardening

  • Beginners guide to Sowing Seeds

    If you are thinking of starting a garden in January - seeds are a great place to start Getting Started with seeds Order seeds as companies will run out as the season goes on. If you are a beginner then exercise self control – grow what you like and what is relatively undemanding.  Lettuce, cabbage, peas and beans, beetroot, pumpkins and courgettes are all well within anyone’s reach.  Potatoes and onions are also great for a beginner.  Herbs are also a good choice and also decorative so could perhaps go on the patio or in the flower garden.  Keep records –
  • Helping Winter Wildlife

    Winter can be tough for the wild things- but it is not too hard for us to help. Helping birds: Help birds in winter by placing fat blocks in wire cages. Balls in plastic nets are not recommended as birds can get caught in them.  The empty nets also end up as litter as they are often forgotten or dislodged by the weather. You can put out finely chopped bacon rind and grated cheese for small birds such as wrens. Thrushes and blackbirds favour fruit. Scatter over-ripe apples, raisins and song-bird mixes on the ground for them. Do not leave out large quantities of food
  • Easy Growing Indoors

    You don't need a garden to grow some food for yourself - here are some tips to get you started on being a little more self sufficient even if you have no garden space at all. What you will need You will need some pots / containers, some windows and some time and patience!  Generally vegetables and food grown in pots and containers can be a little bit more demanding than plants grown in outdoor soil conditions - this is because their roots are more restricted than they would be outdoors and they will thus need a bit more food and watering. On the other hand you won't
  • Square Foot Gardening

    It’s easy to forget here in spacious West Cork that not everybody has the luxury of a big garden to grow vegetables in. Square foot gardening is a method for helping those with smaller gardens to maximise their space. In square foot gardening, the growing area (typically a raised bed) is marked out into smaller square sections. This helps to plan and create a well planted and neat vegetable garden in minimal space. Generally, a bed is divided into a grid of 12” sided squares. So for example a 3’ by 3’ raised bed could be divided into 9 squares and a 3’ by

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