Useful Gardening Links
For Clonakilty Allotments information
For the Irish Allotments organisation information
For Clonakilty GIY (Grow it yourself information)
For Irish Organic & Traditional Seed Suppliers:
“We sell Irish Organic Vegetable Seeds
Dear Gardening Friends,
Both climate change and the injustice of poor people in developing countries growing our food are a reality. We need to think about how, here in Ireland, we can produce an interesting and nutritious diet without the use of fossil fuels and imported animal feeds. Growing some of our own food in the garden is a fine place to start.
All the seeds in this catalogue are grown on our farm in West Cork. We have been selecting over the years for varieties that work here. They are open-pollinated, or ‘open source’ seeds, which means that you can save your own seed from them. There are varieties we haven’t sold before too, marked with a ♠.
Varieties marked with * were grown here, from organically produced seed, however as we do not have certificates to confirm the organic status of the original seeds they cannot be considered certified organic. Growers with organic status should consult their certifying body before using these seeds”.
“The ISSA is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the location and preservation of traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables. The Association maintains a seed bank, which distributes seed of these non-commercially available vegetables, as well as a network of heritage potatoes. We pass them on to members so that they can learn to save them and in this way ensure a living agricultural legacy.
A primary goal of the ISSA is to bring Ireland’s cultural and genetic heritage into the hands of ordinary people. One of the unique aspects of seed saving networks, which exist all over the world, is the opportunity to share in the responsibility and joy of conserving the planet’s diminishing genetic resources in a real and practical manner.”
For Seed Saving Books
“Back Garden Seedsaving” by Sue Stickland (ISBN 1899233091) is an excellent reference with a good intro to seedsaving plus details about each individual crop.
“Seed to Seed” by Suzanne Ashworth.(ISBN 1882424581) tells you simply and clearly what you need to do to save seed of any veg you care to mention using materials you have at home.
“The Seed Savers Handbook” Jeremy Cherfas, (Grover Books, 1996) is also good and also talks in more detail about the reasons that you might want to save your own seeds.
“Breed your own Vegetable Varieties” by Carol Deppe ( Chelsea Green Pub Co; ISBN: 1890132721) is a good introduction to vegetable breeding for the interested amateur. Until 50 years ago, all gardeners were plant breeders – it’s not difficult, you just need to know how to do it, and the tradition has been lost. This book will give you the basics, and then if you’re interested, the nitty-gritty too.
For seed saving information.