WARM WELCOME AT DUBLIN GARDEN FESTIVAL – 2nd wk in May 2015

After a few months working in a quiet field, the prospect of meeting dozens of people at the Dublin Garden Festival in the grounds of Christchurch Cathedral is a welcome contrast to the quietness of market gardening.

The invitation to speak was open ended. I was simply asked to name a topic. The choice was easy this year as 2015 has been designated The International Year of Soils by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation.

A goodly number attended the presentation and the result was a lively discussion about all manner of soil related topics, composting, green manures, climate change, planting trees, mulching and the need for legislation to protect the best growing soils from being lost forever under concrete.Soil lost to cities 11.3.15

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