There's warmth in the sun and in the air this week. There's worry too as we live with the war in Ukraine, a lingering pandemic, potential food scarcity and inflation. So, growing some vegetables for ourselves may help steady the nerves and teach us a little about how to look after ourselves.
At the moment we have some key supplies (mainly in our Monkstown shop) to get you on that path:
- Seed potatoes in 2kg bags. Varieties include Kelly, Charlotte, Record & Rooster.
- Small 12-packs of organically grown vegetable and salad seedlings including broccoli, cabbage, leeks, scallions, endives, parsley, various lettuces, spinach. Easier than growing your own from seed.
- Dozens of outdoor culinary herbs such as Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Savoury, Parsley, Dill, Coriander, Sage, Chives, Chamomile, Fennel, Bay...
- Fruit trees and bushes including apples, pears, Medlar, Fig 'Brown Turkey', Ugni, plum, greengage, kiwi, passion fruit, rhubarb...
- Certified organic horse manure - Gee-up - which is the perfect soil improver and mulch for your vegetables.
- Peat-free potting compost, made in Ireland. Mix this 50-50 with perlite or vermiculite if you choose to grow your ownplants from seed.
- Dozens of interesting herb, vegetable, salad, pea and bean seeds from Italy, as well as from Thompson & Morgan in the UK.
- Organic soil improvers and fertilisers such as Soil Renew (bacteria for soil fertility and improved soil structure), Ocean Leaves (certfied organic Irish seaweed fertiliser), Maxicrop (concentrated, certified organic liquid seaweed fertiliser), as well as bulk 10kg bags of organic fertilisers for larger gardens.