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Growing Your Own [Seeds] On A Budget


I spoke with Philip Voice on Fridays SodShow about how growing your own, although often sold with the attached tagline ‘and save yourself money’, it can sometimes prove more expensive than actually buying the finished product in the most expensive supermarket.

To this an email came in quite promptly after asking, in short, that I prove my worth, so to speak. Fair enough and I agree rightly so, I should give both sides of the tale.

As the video very simply explains these are just you average builders cavity blocks. I’ve decided to grow beetroot in mine. I planted two seeds in each. One for the slug, one for me. What more can I say….

Any questions thoughts or comments… simply leave a comment below.

also: This post may also prove of interest for growing more delicate seeds

The SodShow – Dublin City Fm – 18th March 2011

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.

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I got this lovely note from Ben Farr who runs Finn Mc Cools surf shop, in Dingle…

Ben quickly followed this up with this little gem….

 

And Finally:

The Sodcast – Episode 25

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What happened to Episode 24 of The Sodcast in iTunes ?? I don’t honestly know. I’ve spoke to some of the finest audio people in the business and after a similar, but not as lengthy delay, as of today it still hasn’t appeared….

Never mind, you can always get it here and more important than all that techie 3 pin plug jazz…

This Sunday is the Garden Groups first outing of 2011 – Personally I can’t wait 😀

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Blacksmithing Courses, Castleview Mills, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Tel. 087 9170301 / 087 6168032 www.mojometaldesign.com joe@mojometaldesign.com

This course is aimed at students with little or no experience of blacksmithing. Run over 2 days with the objective of making a traditional fire tongs and poker.

Using the anvil, Managing a fire, Drawing out, Scrolling, Twisting, Bending, Upsetting &  Riveting

Courses run from 9:00am to 5:00pm on the following dates:

Thurs/Fri 4th/5th Feb – Fri/Sat 18th/19th Feb – Fri/Sat 25th/26th March – Fri/Sat 15th/16th April – Fri/Sat 06th 07th May – Fri/Sat 10th/11th June

Peter
Good to hear of you again and well done especially on the garden group outings – great idea. I was out in Corkagh Park this morning and when I came back in and read about your tours – I thought why not contact Peter and remind him of South Dublin parks. There is a wonderful pet farm in Corkagh now as well as a rose garden and put and take fishery. I always wish I could stay there for a longer period.
Let me know if you need any further information
Take care
Maire
Controlling priority invasive non-native plants and restoring native biodiversity (CIRB) project – launching Tuesday February 1st – well worth a read is http://invasives.biodiversityireland.ie

The CIRB project (Controlling invasive priority non-native species and restoring native biodiversity) is funded by INTERREG IVA and is being undertaken by a partnership of Queens University Belfast, the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland, University of Ulster and Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The project aims to demonstrate that a prioritised suite of invasive species namely, giant hogweed, rhododendron, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam can be controlled or eradicated strategically on a catchment scale.  Biosecurity strategies will be developed and implemented to prevent reintroduction of these species to the catchments.  The impact of these species and the control programme on ecosystem services will also be investigated and the economic benefits of control programmes demonstrated.

CIRB will contribute to halting biodiversity loss in Ireland, Northern Ireland and western Scotland by preventing further impacts on native biodiversity by riparian invasive species through the development and demonstration of effective control methods, a programme of stakeholder engagement, research, policy development and dissemination.

The project will take place in three catchments in the border regions of Ireland (Faughan, Newry/Clanrye and Dee/Glyde) and 4 areas in Scotland (Argyll, Ayrshire, Galloway and the Tweed).

And Finally:

The Sodcast – Episode 22

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Fancy a Sodcast Mug for your cuppa…. ? There are now only 3 of these mugs in the entire world. I have one. :D

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these posts were a little before but The Christmas Podcast special got in the way 😉

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GIY Ireland is launching a new group for Dublin City Centre on Saturday 22 January at 12 noon in the Food Co-op, Newmarket, Dublin 8. I got this email in yesterday from Tricia.

Hi Peter,
I’ve just been browsing your website – really liked the aversion to pomposity and the sound of the best garden group in Dublin. I can hardly spell horticulture, so the group I’m getting off the ground will be a galaxy away from yours, but I thought you might know some people who’d be interested in it? If you could forward this info below to them, about the new Dublin City Centre GIY, on to them I’d be delighted. Obviously if you were interested in coming along too that’d be fantastic.
Thanks!

This paper has just been published by Shane H. Morris and Charles Spillan. EU GM Crop Regulation: A Road to Resolution or a Regulatory Roundabout?

Abstract: Since first embarking on the road of risk management options for the regulation of recombinant DNA (rDNA) activities and use in 1978, the European Union (EU) has largely failed to create a regulatory and policy environment regarding genetically modified (GM) crops and their cultivation that is (a) efficient, (b) predicable, (c) accountable, (d) durable or (e) interjurisdictionally aligned. Recent proposed regulatory changes announced by the European Union Commission (July 13, 2010) aim to allow member states to enact restrictive measures on cultivation of GM crops based on broadly scoped non-scientific criteria. In light of the European Union Commission’s proposal, this paper reviews the EU’s past efforts to effectively regulate GM crops, critically assesses the impacts of the new regulatory proposals, and examines some of the key outstanding issues with the current EU regulatory framework that will need to be considered as the EU moves forward into its next phase of GM crop governance.

I got this in from @Grannymar

Hi Peter,
Guess what I found.  The instructions I used to cover my sink and wash basin – the ones in my garden and not the bathroom!
Lán grá

And Finally:

The Sodcast – Episode 8

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Had a facsimile this week [?!!] asking for my online contact details….. no I’m not making it up. [hello Denis and Mary 🙂 ] See below.

On a seperate note…. For all the reasons of self promotion [it is my weblog after all… 😉 ] – yes I do do small gardens makeovers, overhauls and changes to the existing small, medium or large gardens – in fact anything to do with gardens – I am your man. If you are in need of that extra bit of [green outdoors derived] smile to your day – you can of course contact me on:

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I told you…. 😀

And this courtesy of Mark Little. Amazing image of Dublin …

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This Sodcast comes to you with very special thanks to South Tipperary Biodiversity Forum – making Tipperary a great place-to-bee 😉