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
Hello, and Happy New Year from Fiona Grows Food. It has been a bit of a strange few months, hence the lack of blog posts, many apologies to my regular readers. I’ve been pretty busy in work (Christmas is silly season in retail), busy partying, busy living, busy having a bit of an existential crisis. … Continue reading Turn, Turn, Turn
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!
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!
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
This is the time of year to be sowing seeds and if you're anything like me, your house will soon be overrun with seedlings, no windowsill will be left empty. But what happens when these young plants are ready to go outside? You can't just fling them out unceremoniously like misbehaving teenagers after a night … Continue reading How To Harden Off Seedlings
Over the past two years, I have been discovering the joys of gardening, the importance of growing my own food and adjusting to the significant changes this has had on my life. Not only that though, gardening has broadened my horizons, opened my eyes to a whole world of environmental interests that I'd never gave … Continue reading Irish Seed Savers Need Your Help!
I am often asked what it is I love about gardening. Why I spend my spare time ankle-deep in nettles, (don't get me started on all the nettle stings I've had in the past week), why I go out in the rain and wind to pull weeds or plant seeds. I never quite know how … Continue reading For the Love of Gardening
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.
This morning, I went out to the plot with the intentions to plant and dig and weed and do those things which we as gardeners are meant to do, but I took one look at the plot and decided before I could reasonably do any of that, I needed to clean up my act. Amongst all my … Continue reading Spring Clean