Hyacinth, Daffodil and Gigantic Onions. January Gardening.

giant onions

Whilst my garden needs a total overhaul to cheer up the Donegan household at the start of what promises to be another great year, I thought maybe I should do something to make an even greater smile come to those who visit my home.

Don’t get me wrong I’m halfway there as my hyacinths are just peeping into flower ready to scent the house with all its glory. When that goes I will of course have my daffodils ready to come on as well and fill the kitchen with even more colour.

Mammoth Onion Growers unite (mp3)

But have you ever tried growing mammoth or giant onions ? Onions, edible and all – but – they can grow bigger than footballs and up to 15lbs in weight. Take a listen….

As a by the way hyacinth were the first ever bulb I grew at about 6 years of age. the bulb cost me 7 pence. I remember being told manure was good fertiliser. I spent ages collecting and covering that bulb in dogs doo [?]. Back to the giant onions ?

Want to give it a go….. ? Just let me know 😉

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The Sodcast – Episode 25

sodshow, garden podcast

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

Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 24 of the garden podcast ?

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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

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

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
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Controlling priority invasive non-native plants and restoring native biodiversity (CIRB) project – launching Tuesday February 1st – well worth a read is

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).

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