You know the drill

Alas, allowing for a few notable exceptions (some oriental leaves, onions, aubergines, for example), it’s still too early to sow seed of most vegetabl(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: said he hoped today’s meeting would help resolve any differences.  Photograph: Inpho

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said he hopes to see an end to industrial action at his department following a meeting between management and u(...)

Helping hands: Irish Seed Savers hopes that crowd-funding can help it survive. Photograph: Stockbyte/Getty

The Irish Seed Savers Association celebrated its 21st birthday, in 2012, by opening a seed bank, at its base in Co Clare. Its purpose was to safeguard(...)

The Irish Seed Savers Association says the project, based in Scarriff, Co Clare, is unsustainable without Government support.

The Irish Seed Savers Association, which protects and conserves heritage seeds, vegetables and fruit, says its closure is inevitable if it doesn’t rai(...)

The Irish Seed Savers Association says the project, based in Scarriff, Co Clare, is unsustainable without Government support.

The Irish Seed Savers Association, which protects and conserves heritage seeds, vegetables and fruit, says its closure is inevitable if it doesn’t rai(...)

Sow and grow: Ailish Drake in her garden with her sons Sam and Michael. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Edel Flannery thought that gardening was something she should be doing with her five children but she didn’t know where to start. She was(...)

I can’t remember a worse year for growing potatoes than 2012 – spring droughts, late frosts, low temperatures and high rainfall resulted in poor gr(...)