Herb growing Ireland – How to grow herbs – Herb growing workshop – Gretas Herbs Annascaul, Dingle

Food 4 Thought Tralee IT April 11, 2017

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Aimed at chefs, culinary professionals and food enthusiasts of all levels of experience
Booking in Advance Required
‘Greta’s Herbs, Growing Wild in the West of Ireland’
Time: 10.30am-12 noon
Room: Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Building, Room J208
In celebration of her first publication ‘Greta’s Herbs, Growing Wild in the West of Ireland’, Greta will be running a series of slide shows featuring some images from the book. Throughout the day there will be open discussions on growing and managing herbs for your kitchen. The workshop includes seed sowing and identification of herb plants.
Book sales RRP €15 and signing, selection of potted herbs also for sale.
Free of charge
To book a place on this workshop please e-mail tj.oconnor@staff.ittralee.ie or call 066 7191807
25 places available

‘Greta’s Herbs’ Book Launch Party in Dingle Saturday April 29th. February 20, 2017

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Signing at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Kerry Launch in Benner’s Hotel, Dingle at Feile na Bealtaine, on Saturday 29th April  7-9pm.

Presented by Michael Ó Coileán, Féile na Bealtaine committee member.

Canapés and drinks with music from Sean Prior.

RVSP  to help estimate numbers. Email gretasherbs@yahoo.com or text Greta: 086-3169716


Venue: The National Botanic Gardens
Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin

Date: Saturday 8th April 2017

Opening Speech by Dr. Paul Cusack retired principal and my former tutor.




Book Signing and Sales RRP €15

Everyone welcome! Please email gretasherbs@yahoo.com 086-3169716 by April 1st (to help estimate attendance)

Greta’s Herb Book Now on Sale €15 January 24, 2017

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160 pages in full colour throughout, thread sewn with a laminated finish making it durable and very user friendly. Ideal for anyone interested in growing and using herbs.

“Greta’s charming and beautifully illustrated book will be a source of tremendously useful advice, knowledge and inspiration for all who wish to grow their own herbs.” Rory O’Connell, Co-founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery school, TV presenter of ‘How to Cook Well’ and award winning author of ‘Master it’.

“From the practicalities of propagation, cultivation and harvesting to the many ways in which culinary and decorative herbs enrich our lives, ‘Greta’s Herb Book’ is a great ‘hands-on’ introduction to the world of herb growing, written by an experienced horticulturist and nursery-owner who knows her stuff.’ Fionnuala Fallon, The Irish Times gardening correspondent, horticulturist and author.
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kerrys Eye Newspaper November 4, 2016

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West kerry live magazine may 2016 October 30, 2016

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comfrey& phlomis

May was a cold, colourless month. The sunny days of June finally enticed the budding oriental poppies and lupins to display their beauty. I had to cut lots of bamboo stakes in an effort to reinforce their stance against the late gales! My Jerusaleum sage (Phlomis fruiticosa) is incredible and has spread itself flamboyantly on both sides of the bank. Overnight, it burst into a mass of rich yellow flowers and has cheered me up immensely. It contrasts brilliantly with the purple flowers of comfrey – this was a most exciting accidental liaison


The kitchen garden has again been a tedious affair – the alternation between extreme wet and extreme dry is definitely not good for vegetable growing. Cool night temperatures have also interrupted growth: even the lettuce seems to be standing still. I planted my all time favourite early potato ‘Home Guard’ in old compost bags in the polytunnel and kept piling any old compost in on top to encourage extra tuber growth. It has been an easy method which has proved surprisingly productive. I am enjoying a generous harvest of delicious good-sized spuds with no blight problems for once and very little scrubbing required. Of course the traditional butter and salt is a must but I also enjoy them with a blob of natural yogurt enhanced to perfection with freshly chopped Moroccan mint or spearmint. Coriander has almost come to an end – it always thrives better in the earlier part of the season. Any sowings that I make now seem to quickly run to seed. I will collect and sow some of this ripened seed in August with the hope that it may provide a late autumn or early spring harvest. My Greek oregano is so lush I end up using it in everything and anything: since my delicious dill died it has become my substitute flavour in egg dishes!

I have green and bronze fennel growing everywhere: it makes a superb ornamental foliage plant. Unfortunately I am not too fond of the flavour; anything aniseedy reminds me of liquorice and how I deplored it as a child. I found those long black liquorice shoelaces doubly disgusting: I could never understand how anyone would enjoy chewing on that rubbery substance! I do have a plant of liqourice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) in the tunnel: it is related to the pea and bean family but has never flowered. It is the root which provides the candy extract which unfortunately for me has a whole list of health benefits. I however prefer the cocoa bean extract. Give me chocolate any day!




Taste Kerry Rose Dome Tralee October 29, 2016

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Greta’s Herb Book September 24, 2016

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My herb book will go on sale in Spring 2017 the release date is yet to be confirmed.

Thank you to everyone who supported the project on fundit!

Watch the video for more info email:gretasherbs@yahoo.com