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Spring has Sprung!

The Tantalus crew are back on the road again delivering cut flowers in Kinsale and Bandon. Like most farmers, we’ve had enough of record-breaking rainfall for now – I’ve never seen the ground so sodden for so long.  There is an upside to the warmer temperatures and copious moisture though, and that is the accelerated […]

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Autumn notes 2023

September to November is a particularly busy time in the plant nursery as the race to complete propagation and potting on tasks becomes urgent – once the weather turns colder young plants will struggle to survive.  It’s also a time for tidying up polytunnel and glasshouse, putting the irrigation gear away for the winter, and […]

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July Notes

July more than made up for the lack of rainfall in June with a total of 166mm recorded at our own station at Tantalus Kinsale. For the weather nerds out there, the greatest 24hr precipitation, as measured by our own station, was 31mm over the 17th/18th period.  Met Eireann has provisionally made July 2023 the […]

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June – dry weather challenge

We’ve been collecting weather data here for a decade using Davis instruments, which have proved to be robust and reliable.  From May 9th to June 1st we had a total of 5mm of rain. That was followed by no more rain until June 9th when we recorded less than 1mm.  Fortunately, we had deployed a […]

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May blooming

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Old Year, New Year

As members of the Flower Farmers of Ireland, we started selling cut flowers to our local designer market last summer and enjoyed the support of some really talented people – we hope to feature their work in a future post.  Meanwhile, here’s a gallery of cut flower shots to whet the appetite for the current […]

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April has been a busy month at Tantalus

April has been a busy month at Tantalus. All the usual tasks suddenly took on a new urgency – seed sowing, potting on, hardening off. Division of stock plants continued and we added some new perennials to our trial patch. Cut flower sales were confined to narcissus, tulips and ranunculus as local shops and some […]

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Permaculture course – student placement

In 2022 we were asked to consider offering work placement opportunities to one or two horticulture students who were enrolled in the permaculture course at Kinsale College. It worked out well for all concerned so we have continued the practice in 2023

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