After a wet winter, the garden has been a little bit slow to get going this spring. it has been a waiting game before the ground was dry enough to get the plough in. When it was finally ploughed, it was a pleasant surprise to see it come up quite nice a crumbley, much dryer than expected. As kgg starts its 3rd year growing in the garden at ringrone, I think the soil is starting to show the real benefits of management using organic methods. By feeding the soil with compost and growing deep rooted cover crops the soil structure is improving which is wonderful to see.
Damp soil and and thoughts of winter all seem a world away since this past week has been such stunning weather and with more forecast. It has given me the opportunity to catch up with the sowing and planting that had been slightly slowed by the damp conditions.
Spuds were planted this weekend, an increase in square meterage from last season as requests for more potatoes came form our member last season. We now have 250 square meters compared to last years 100. We only grow early potatoes as they avoid the worst of the blight problems and since nothing is sprayed (even with organically allowed chemicals) in the garden this is the best form of attack. This year I planted orla and colleen ( colleens very popular last year) both of which are lovely spuds.
the first cabbages and cauli’s are also planted and the carrots and parsnips soon to be sown. Only trouble is with this weather is where to find a day off? it’s too tempting to be getting stuff done, but the sunshine is just wonderful to be out in so no complaints here.
One big help is the commencing of the placement for my new intern through a fás scheme. Shane will be with me 4 days a week for the next 6 months to learn all about small scale market gardening and CSA’s. So far he has been excellent, welcome Shane and thanks for you hard work over the past couple of days! long may they continue!!!!!!