The story of our organic vegetable garden and smallholding in Co. Offaly, Ireland.

Owner: OffalyGoodLife

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Latest Blog Posts for An Offaly Good Life

  • Season of mellow fruitfulnessI have to confess that I’ve always rather liked this time of year; relaxing into the longer evenings, with the mad rush of summer over. In the garden, all that pressure of tending, sowing, growing, harvesting, weeding and watering (although admitte...
  • An interest in inter-croppingWe’ve been practicing crop rotation since we began here, aiming at a four-year cycle of spuds-brassicas-legumes-onions/roots. Admittedly this was easier in the first few years when we only had a couple of beds and we weren’t very organised, but w...
  • A sweet spring in the step
    on Mar 25, 2015 in Deep beds Rhubarb sowing
    Early spring is always a busy time. It’s too early for serious failure – even losing the greenhouse is now a hiccup more than a seizure. Enthusiasm is still high for the coming year with the excitement of planning and preparation. Seed sowing is...
  • Greenhouse BluesThere’s no denying that we’ve been lucky with this place. A lovely house, lots of sheds and a decent plot of ground. The kind of place many people dream of. And we do appreciate that. This was, and still most definitely is, our dream place. Howev...
  • Sawhorse Sorted!
    on Feb 22, 2015 in pruning sawhorse soft fruit
    Completed Sawhorse(Chainsaw and log not included)Well, it had to happen eventually! Even according to the law of averages, that one-in-a-million chance has to come up at some point. It was inevitable. “What’s happened?” you may be asking yourse...
  • Does my butt look big in this?
    on Feb 3, 2015 in Broad Beans Onions Peas Water Butt
    Bloody hell – I’ve just noticed we’ve not updated anything since November! I know we’ve been kind of lazy, but I thought we’d have got a bit more done than this. Anyway, rather than go over everything we’ve done (which, to be honest, I pr...
  • Pegs and Paper Pot PeasThere’s no denying that summer is over. Coming home in the dark after work is probably the most frustrating part of the winter, although the weather comes a very close second (particularly this week). Despite a busy few weeks work-wise, we’ve bee...
  • A Fresh Crop (but just ideas)Well it’s been a busy summer and, as usual, we’ve rather been swept away by everything. This year we’ve been extending and renovating the house and, as a result of moving out and all, the whole place has been somewhat neglected. That said, with...
  • Still going, just...We've been meaning to get back into this blog for ages. In truth, we never meant to give up on it in the first place, it just kinda happened due to time pressures - something had to give. However, it remained our computer home page, so we never fo...
  • A fool on April Fool's Day!
    on Apr 15, 2012 in forcing Rhubarb potager
    Rhubarb bed (with forcer and first crop of 2012)No, not us, thank you: we’re actually referring to the first harvest of the year – forced Rhubarb on 1st April - lovely. The forcer (see photo) was a wonderful Christmas present, shipped in from som...
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