Fill the 'hungry gap' with a harvest

Making sure a garden is full year-round requires planning - and now is the ideal time to plant for next year, writes Dermot Carey.

11th May, 2013
Harvesting butterhead lettuce from the polytunnel and making space for summer crops. Photo: Martina Gardiner

The vegetable gardening calendar in Ireland has always had its "hungry gap".

This refers to the traditionally lean period between April and early May when we wait for the new season's crop varieties and we still rely on our plantings from the previous year. Even with the help of modern polytunnels, it is still the most difficult time for substantial or varied harvests.

From Harry's Restaurant walled garden we are harvesting rhubarb, spinach, the last...

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