Decked Out

Hello all. I know it has been quite a while since I updated the blog, apologies, it's been a very busy couple of months in the garden. Mostly, I've been growing food instead of writing about growing food. I spend a lot of time writing here about my plot but nowhere near as much time … Continue reading Decked Out


October has landed with a bang. Literally. Having had a glorious summer and a beautiful, warm, September, the weather here in Dublin is finally catching up with the calendar. Last night saw a bad storm with gale force winds and driving rain, knocking trees over, downing power lines, dislodging slates from rooftops and causing a … Continue reading Shocktober!

Love Bites!

I must admit, so far, this Autumn has been a  joy in the garden, the sun has been shining, the leaves are turning golden,  gardeners and farmers everywhere are enjoying harvest season. The days are bright and fresh and the evenings are beginning to shorten significantly,  with sunsets that paint the sky in warm pinks and hot … Continue reading Love Bites!

How To Grow Lavender

Botanical name: Lavandula Flowering time: SummerHeight & spread: 30cm-1m height, 30cm-1.5m spread Lavender is probably my favourite plant in my garden. It's beautiful, easy to grow and smells amazing. Lavender is best when planted late spring/early summer, ideally in May. Like many other herbs, it does well in most soils once it gets full sun and moderately good drainage. … Continue reading How To Grow Lavender


I was working on the plot the other day when I spotted this on a wooden pallet. I'm fairly convinced it's a butterfly chrysalis but not exactly an expert; If anyone can identify it, let me know.