Oct 5 2014

Growing Spuds (outside) for Christmas Day

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Autumn has finally arrived in Galway – October 2014

What?

Impossible.

I.Know.

But this is the latest task bestowed upon us by our friends at GIY Ireland #GIYNation. They sent us a few seed potatoes and asked us to plant them outside, with the suggestion that we might have spuds for Christmas dinner.

So a planting we did go.

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Big.Fat.Worms.

The compost is looking great this year, and this is thanks to the fantastic family of fat worms living in and working the dirt.

The kids got stuck in digging and shovelling as much as they could over onto the new makeshift potato bed. Ron thought it might be a good idea to build a little enclosure around it, still allowing for the rain to seep in at the back, but covering the top and sides to protect it from the wind in the back garden. We also planted the spuds right next to the compost heap so this will help keep that area of the garden warmer during the winter.

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Digging in the dirt

 

Of course, the minute you start any gardening project around our place, there are always a few onlookers … waiting for scraps …

 

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Our egg-laying ducks … expert worm catchers!

We had to shoo them away because we need those worms …. the ducks were relentless though and spent the latter part of the evening aerating the compost pile for us. They did in turn show their appreciation the next day by laying some of the biggest eggs I’ve ever seen. One of them – a double yolker!

It has taken both of us all summer to get through Dan Barbers’ tome of a book ‘The Third Plate’ and it should be noted that this is a great read. Understanding where our food comes from is becoming more and more important to us as a family and now, monitoring ‘what’ these table birds of ours are eating is our new experiment. Feeding them an unhealthy diet of GMO Grain only means we are eating the same … you are what you eat, right?

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Up the Corrib River near Menlo Castle … the fab four ..

We have had a fantastic summer. The kids are all healthy and happy and settled back into school. I am working at the university (part time as a lecturer for the Journalism department and part time freelance journalist) and Ron is still trucking along baking his little heart out at Morton’s of Galway where his Sourdough bread is flying out the door daily.

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Give a man a bag of flour …

In another few weeks … I will graduate (late November) and then have a few big decisions to make (again) about the next steps to take … ‘more school’ or ‘get a real job’ are the two phrases tossed about each night around the dinner table …

Any advice or suggestions …. throw them my way please x

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She who made me a mama … RoriBelle – my little gardening helper

 

That’s all I got for now ….

Stay tuned … the next blog post is ‘surviving one year without TV’ ….

WiseMóna

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4 Comments + Add Comment

  • Lovely photos! Not hard to see why The Chef’s sour dough bread flies off the shelves at Morton’s. The kids are getting so big! Have a lovely Fall and good luck with those potatoes.

    • You know it Paula … he has really mastered the art of Sourdough bread beautifully x

  • Great looking Sourdough bread, fantastic photos.

    • Thanks Fergus…he has the bread/baking thing down pat alright …if you are in or around Galway, you can get his sourdough at Morton’s of Galway in Salthill. Mon-Fri out of the oven around 1pm daily…

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