RTE Supergarden competition

I was asked by the organisers of the Supergarden competition on RTE to mention that they are now looking for applications for their new series. So here is the relevant info as sent to me:

“RTE’s Super Garden are currently looking for amateur designers, student designers and start-up landscape designers to apply for our 2012 series. We are always on the look out for unique ideas so welcome all kinds of applications.

This is a great opportunity for exposure for the selected designers as well as an opportunity to compete for the winning design to be featured at the Bloom Festival in Dublin.

We are looking for applicants who are passionate about gardening, have creative flair and the ability to deliver their garden design to a deadline/budget.

If you could help us spread the word on this it would be greatly appreciated. It could be a great opportunity for someone you know to take on an exciting challenge. I have attached a flyer that you can email on and also an application form if anyone does express an interest.

I am available to answer any questions that you or any interested parties may have, my contact details are 01-8641444 or email supergarden@vipmg.tv. Closing date for application is first week of February.

Kind regards,

Andy Malone”

The spuds are sown to start the New Year

Well, after a quiet(ish) time in January we have started sowing for the 2012 season. The first major sowing job of the year is the tunnel potatoes – orlas are now in the ground and on their way.

Once the potatoes are sown, it is only a matter of a week or two before the major tray sowing and preparation starts.

Just enough time to get the fruit garden tidied up and manured…

Winter closing

We will be closing for veg orders from Dec 24th until the start of February 2012.

In these weeks we are hoping to complete alot of groundwork, hedge cutting, fencing etc etc etc, that we never get to during the growing season.

Thanks a million for all your much appreciated orders all through 2011. I will update the website and will email our regular customers to let you know our first date for orders in Spring 2012.

Christmas order list 2011

Would you like fresh, naturally grown
veg & produce this Christmas?

Orders available for collection
on Friday 23rd December 2011 – from 12pm

Order form
(return to Elaine by 15th Dec)

Description
Potato –
1.50/kg
1.20/kg for 5+ kg
Unwashed carrots 2.00/kg
Unwashed parsnips 4.00/kg
Onion 3.00/kg
Leek 4.50/kg
Brussel sprouts 5.00/kg
Broccoli 4.50/kg *Spain
Cauliflower 2.30
Celery 2.00
Red cabbage 2.00/half
Herbs – sage, thyme, parsley, rosemary 3c/g
Beetroot 3.00/kg
Garlic .80 ea
Lemon .60 ea *Spain
Apples – elstar 3.50/kg *Holland
Streaky rashers 3.50 *from our pigs
Pork sausage
(85% Shoulder pork) 4.00 * from our pigs
Wholemeal soda bread 2.00 ea *from our kitchen
Irish Whiskey Mince pies 1.25 ea *from our kitchen
beetroot,apple & caraway chutney 3.00/jar*from our kitchen
spiced courgette & tomato chutney 3.00/jar*from our kitchen
blackcurrant jam 3.00/jar*from our kitchen
blackcurrant, orange & brandy preserve 3.50/jar * our kitchen
Orange & ginger marmalade 3.00/jar *from our kitchen
Whiskey orange marmalade 3.50/jar *from our kitchen
Tipperary apple jelly 3.00/jar
Tipperary strawberry jam 3.00/jar
Tipperary apple juice 3.00/bottle
Tipperary cider vinegar 2.50/bottle

Good & Green gift vouchers & boxes

Our Good & Green produce gift vouchers are available for Christmas that would make a tasty start to the New Year.

If you’re after something more adventurous, an experience gift voucher might be right up your street.

Gift boxes can also be made to order with gift presentation – including garden produce, chutneys, jams & homebaking. Orders needed by Dec 15th. Ask Elaine for info – 087 6187908.

Christmas ideas – woodcraft & gifts

John has a lovely new range of hardwood chopping boards and natural edged woodturning available now.

A selection of his work is on display in Quay Arts Centre in Ballina and we also have a range here on display in our cabin. There is a variety of hardwood chopping boards from small cheese and baguette boards up to large cutting boards, all in elm, oak & beech. Woodturned pieces include lamps, bud vases, salt & pepper sets, candleholders and decorative bottlestoppers. Prices start from under 10 euro – all are unique gifts.

For special orders contact John on 087 2273299

‘cheffactor.ie’ competition – votes needed!

A few things came together today which led me to enter a competition for a cookery course in Ballymaloe that I would dearly love to win… I have the ingredients – I would love to train to make the most of them…

SO – having entered a photo of me, Fionn and a dish I prepared, I now need as many people as possible to vote for me, by logging on to www.cheffactor.ie and voting. If you notice that the photo is a little offside it’s because it was taken by Ryan (Fionn’s 4 year old twin brother)… we had to get a high angle and he was up for the challenge! I think he did a great job…

Everything in the photo was grown & homemade here – the bread, the ingredients for the tart (garlic, leek, spinach, eggs), the tomato chutney, the rocket, the vinegarette, the flowers – even the chopping board was made by John… So – please give your support and vote for Elaine’s leek, spinach and feta tart on www.cheffactor.ie.

I will make cake for you when I get trained up! THANK YOU!!!

Ordering produce – note

We will not be open for orders for Friday 19th or 26th August.

Our produce is now available by preorder via email, text or phone, if possible by Thursday for orders to be collected on Friday. Please see the updated list of ‘this week’s produce’ for current produce available for order.

Herbs, flowers and plants for your garden

We are sowing a large supply of salads, leaves, herbs and flowers at the moment.

The list of young transplants ready for your garden and plants that we will have ready in the next month is:
Pot herbs – 1l pot:
Coriander End April
Parsley
Dill
Basil End May
Chives
Clary sage
Bronze fennel
Thyme
Oregano
Sage
Veg plants:
Mixed garden pack:

Ready to plant out tailor made pack for garden –
Lettuce, leeks, scallions, cabbage, courette, pumpkin, broccoli, kale, beetroot, spinach Mid May
Courgette plants Mid May
Pumpkin plants Mid May

We are also making up a range of herb and flower window boxes and bowls – these can be made to order from early May.

Please contact Elaine for further info. – 087 6187908

‘soup box’ winter offer for 10 euro

We are introducing a new veg box for winter produce, with the aim of keeping cost down, whilst still providing wholesome core winter veg to supply a family.

Contents:
Potatoes
Carrots
Onions
Parsnip
Leek
Celery or celeriac

This will be worth a total of 11.50 – costing 10.00 per box.
It is available for collection only every Friday 12 – 5pm