One of the positive things to come out of the past year is a massive surge in people taking up gardening and a renewed interest in growing food. And while it is incredible to see so many people take to their gardens, it has created issues with being able to source seeds and garden equipment. … Continue reading Homegrown – 8 great Irish companies to buy seeds from this year
The arrival of April is an exciting prospect for the vegetable gardener. The clock has moved one hour forward, the seemingly endless winter nights are truncated and the daylight hours stretch out their arms into a summer embrace. We uproot ourselves from the Netflix binges and shed our winter coats, we plant our feet firmly … Continue reading El Crapo!
Early on Saturday morning, I stood in my polytunnel in a t shirt, it was 30 degrees celsius and it felt like gardening in the height of summer. Outside it was pouring rain, there were strong winds and it was a chilly 3 degrees. I have spent just under two years gardening outdoors, victim to … Continue reading Planting and Dancing
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!
Yesterday, something miraculous happened. I woke up early (yes, on a Saturday, I was as surprised as you are) and the sun was pouring through the window. For a moment I thought I was dreaming, until I looked out the window and there it was, high in the sky, yellow as the daffodils outside my … Continue reading A March Miracle
Having an allotment is not just about growing vegetables and fruit. It is a place to go when you need a break, It is a haven from city life. It is a hobby like no other. It is a garden for those without. It is a place to bring the kids at the weekend, or … Continue reading Snails Pace
Easter has been and gone, I've eaten far too much chocolate and I need to get out in the garden to burn off those easter egg calories. The weather however had other plans for me. Easter Monday was miserable, grey and wet, I was grateful for the rain though, it's the first real rain we've … Continue reading Okie Dokie Artichokie
When I was eight, my school class had a substitute teacher for three weeks. They were the best three weeks of the school year as she spent the whole time teaching us songs and showing us episodes of the muppets. The reason I tell you this is she taught us a song by John Denver, … Continue reading On bargains and John Denver