Author Archive: James

Chitting Potatoes

Chitting Potatoes

We have to be very careful how we talk about this at home, it’s a very tricky word to get right, for obvious reasons! Before you plant potatoes outside, it’s a really good idea to allow them to ‘chit’ indoors first as it encourages the seed potatoes to sprout before planting. So here’s what you […]

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  15th March 2012   No comments
Composting Kitchen Waste

Composting Kitchen Waste

We have become rather lax composting our kitchen waste recently. The guilt and the kids nagging has got the better of me and we’ve got back into it now. It was heartbreaking to see all this perfectly good compostable material being put into the general waste. Composting our kitchen waste reduces how much waste we […]

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  11th March 2012   2 comments
The rhubarb is growing

The rhubarb is growing

The mild start to the year has meant that the rhubarb is growing and well on the way this year, in fact it will not be long until we will be eating it – and posting some fantastic recipes. Rhubarb is one of our favourites, my son wanders up to the plants, breaks off a […]

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  4th March 2012   2 comments
Saucepan Kids picking flowers

Saucepan Kids picking flowers

My eldest daughter (8), who designed the Saucepan Kids logo using our iPad, was playing with the iPad the other day and came up with the idea of drawing the Saucepan Kids in a variety of locations. She’s creates these using the Skitch app for the iPad and this is the first in the series, […]

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  29th February 2012   No comments
Local soccer team banning fizzy drinks

Local soccer team banning fizzy drinks

Strand Celtic football club have recently banned their under age players (ages 4 – 14) from drinking sports drinks and fizzy drinks whilst playing for the club. Professor Donal O’Shea, chair of the Irish Heart Foundation’s Nutrition Council, visited the club last year and made a presentation to interested parents and children on this issue […]

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  28th February 2012   No comments
Growing vegetables in raised beds

Growing vegetables in raised beds

We have decided to go down the route of using raised beds to grow our vegetables. This is mainly due to the fact that the soil where we live is not great and full of boulders – not just stones but huge rocks. Another factor in the decision was that we got to know the guys […]

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  26th February 2012   No comments