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Why we should plant gardens...

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First of all...why we should not,…Continue

How to plant very strong Ancient Trees

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A credit must go to Viktor Schauberger  for his insights into Trees and Nature. There is a great book about Schauberger's amazing…Continue

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Getting Started Growing and the Land Share Project

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1st Show - Monday 8pm

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"Keep Growing" launches this Monday (6th Jan) only on Tír na Saor - Land of the Free.Check out the details…Continue

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Comment by Spirality on October 10, 2014 at 1:11

The Keep Growing Playlist from Tir na Saor's Radio shows, on Mixcloud

Comment by tired t on April 7, 2014 at 15:27

thanks amillion j :)

Comment by j on April 6, 2014 at 19:51

Hi tired t, 

here is a site you might have some luck

Comment by tired t on April 6, 2014 at 18:49

would anybody have or know where i could get some young tobacco  plants to buy please i have absolutely no success with seeds :(

Comment by j on March 29, 2014 at 22:24

I have been reluctant to mention about a slug repellent i started using 3 weeks ago, it is a homeopathic remedy [helix tosta], i have read lots of information on how the preparations are supposed to work, BUT now i can vouch that they do, i sprayed one drill with the remedy [Uncles John`s Kale] and the one same crop beside it i did not spray, the drill i sprayed is thriving, and the one spray lasts for 3 months. here is where i get it if it is any help to anyone.

Comment by j on March 1, 2014 at 9:56

here is a good book by one of the masters of permaculture

Comment by Spirality on February 7, 2014 at 0:51
Comment by Joe Montana on February 3, 2014 at 22:27

Link from tonight's EarthShip show

Comment by flo on January 27, 2014 at 22:23

MARSH MALLOW (Althaea officinalis) grows about 1.2 metres tall and 60cm wide.A very tolerant and easily grown plant, and despite its common name it also does well on drier soils in the garden.

This plant has a wide range of uses. Its mild-flavoured leaves can be used from late spring intil late summer. They make pleasant eating when raw, though they do have a rather hairy texture. The leaves can also be cooked but can become a little slimy. The flowers can be eaten raw or cooked and have a nice mild flavour with some sweetness.

The root is eaten either raw or cooked, though has a bland flavour and contains o lot of fibres. It used to be dried, ground into a powder and then sifted to remove the fibers. The powder was then moistened and roasted, when it would swell up considerably to make the sweet, "marshmellow", but like many of our traditional sweets, this product is now synthesized in the chemist's lab. The water left over from cooking any part of the plant can be used as an egg-white substitute in making meringues etc., though the water from the root is most effective. You simply add a little sugar to the water and whisk vigorously. A tea is made from the flowers and another is made from the root.

Amongst the plant's non-edible uses, the dried root can be used as a toothbrush, it can also be chewed by toothing children. A fiber from the stem and roots is used in paper-making. A glue can be made from the root and an oil from the seed can be used in making paints and varnishes.
Historically, marshmallow plants have been used to relieve coughs and sore throats, as well as for chapped skin and minor wounds.

Both the root and the leaf of the marshmallow plant contain a substance known as mucilage polysaccharides, a mucusy substance that does not dissolve in water.
It is this substance that causes marshmallow to swell up and become slippery when wet. This attribute of the marshmallow plant gives it the ability to soothe irritation of the mouth, throat and stomach, as well as to relieve coughing.

Marshmallow is also believed to have a limited ability to fight infection and boost the immune system.

The roots are perennial, thick, long and tapering, very tough and pliant, whitishyellow outside, white and fibrous within.

The whole plant, particularly the root, abounds with a mild mucilage, which is emollient to a much greater degree than the common Mallow. The generic name, Althaea, is derived from the Greek, altho (to cure), from its healing properties. The name of the order, Malvaceae, is derived from the Greek, malake (soft), from the special qualities of the Mallows in softening and healing.

Comment by flo on January 23, 2014 at 22:41

Every week as a part of the show theres gona be a few spectacular plants we can grow that have multiple uses :)


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