Blog posts from Ballymaloe Country House Hotel

Ballymaloe Walled Garden Blog 2018 #4

So after the snow, the rain, and the blistering heat it seems we are finally getting a bit of a ‘normal’ Irish summer. As the summer is drawing to a close we are preparing for the winter in the garden. One way you can prepare is by setting green manures. Green manures are great for covering bare ground and adding fertility to the soil. It is very important to cover the soil to prevent soil erosion and it also cuts down on weeding! There are many manures to choose from and they all help with various different things.


#GardentoGlass Ballymaloe Summer Cocktails

Traford recently joined our team from the fabulous Cask in Cork city and has designed a seasonal cocktail menu for Ballymaloe House inspired by our walled garden.

Since joining us Traford represented Ireland in the global #HavanaClubCocktail competition semi-finals in Havana, Cuba representing Ireland and is currently in the semi-finals of the #BushmillsIrishWhiskey #TopBarMan cocktail competition... having taken part in a LIVE semi-final already, the results will be announced in August - good luck Traford!


Ballymaloe Walled Garden Blog 2018 #2 April

The weather and the soil are finally getting a bit warmer, so even though we were behind about two weeks with the direct sowing from last year we could finally get going with it. Mags showed me the various stages; first, we needed to rake the ground, we then measured out the rows with string. We sowed carrots, navets, spring onions and beetroot. Using the string as a guideline we made 3 rows with a drill maker for each vegetable. Next is sowing the seed, raking over the soil to cover them and then finally using the string to make more markings for the rows.


Ballymaloe in the Snow

Beautiful images of Ballymaloe House, farm, gardens and Grainstore during #StormEmma #BeastfromtheEast early March 2018.  We had not seen snow in East Cork similar to this since 1982, that was the last time Ireland came to a snowy standstill.

Difficult as it was to travel around the country, we were open as usual throughout the storm and Rory Allen braved the frosty elements to take these stunning images. 


Ballymaloe Garden Blog 2018 #1

It's the time of year for pruning before the trees start to wake up. It was a sharp learning curve for me as I only had a few hours experience over a year ago.


March Madness

With lengthening days helping us shake off the cold, wet winter it’s seed sowing time! Just as well as the soaking rain has made working on the soil very difficult. 


New Bar

Each year during the month of January Ballymaloe takes a well-deserved break for 3 weeks which facilitates the ideal time to renovate some of the bedrooms.

This year however, the bar was privileged to a much needed makeover.

What originally began as a water line adjustment for the above castle room lead to the extensive removal of the existing bar walls, returning to the original stone wall of the 15th Centenary Norman Castle. 

Once this fantastic feature had been discovered it was decided to incorporate it into the current, new bar.


Ballymaloe Proudly Supports BirdWatch Ireland

Ballymaloe as a group Ballymaloe Foods, Ballymaloe House and the Ballymaloe Cookery School are therefore thrilled to announce that together we are proudly the lead sponsor for BirdWatch Ireland's 30th Irish Garden Bird Watch Survey which starts on 3rd December 2018. 


Ballymaloe Garden Blog 2018 #5 - Late, Late Summer

So much of the work in the garden depends on soil conditions and weather – I choose to see this dry, sunny spell as a late stretch of summer rather than the beginning of autumn.

So, along with rows and rows of weeding to be done, there’s late summer pruning to be done on wall-trained fruit. The pruning on these trees is done late in the summer so that no new, tender growth will occur just before the frosts begin – the frost will damage tender growth before the wood had a chance to harden.


Ballymaloe Walled Garden Blog 2018 #3

Having finally got some good weather and everything is shooting up in the garden! We have been very busy planting everything out in the garden and into the greenhouse while we have good weather. In the greenhouse, we have planted cucumbers, peppers, basil. aubergines,
herbs, and salad. Outside we have planted cabbages, Brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, lettuce, peas, beetroot, navets, carrots and spring onions. The tomatoes have had a growth spurt and the tallest is now about 5 ft! We have been carefully tending to the tomatoes by doing a

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