Garden reopening

Mornington Garden on Saturday 23 May is welcoming those living within Co. Dublin.

Booking is essential, we will be abiding with all regulations

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Pruner designed for smaller hands.

Designed for those with smaller hands who may prefer a smaller, lighter pruner.  It's comfortable to use yet every bit as sturdy and powerful as any other of the Felco pruners.SeScretures for small hands

This great tool is ideal for small pruning work such as grape vines, shrubs and young trees, it is also the first choice of many florists. The anvil blade is screw-mounted for easy replacement. The shorter blades facilitate closer cutting to the stem of the plant.More information




Getting rid of weeds now saves so much grief later on .

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Hoeing now disturbs slug eggs, reducing their population, reducing loss of baby shoots.Osslating Hoe

A most popular tool! The double action Oscillating Hoe has an outstanding reputation for being fast and effective.  Also called the stirrup hoe.

How to use: Stand in an upright position holding the long handle. Move the hoe backwards and forwards using small movements (10-15cms) so that the hinged bladed moves back and forwards in the soil. The blade is parallel to the ground and cuts the weeds off at the root.

  • The blade of the oscillating hoe works parallel to the ground.
  • Weeds are undercut by pushing/pulling the sharp blade through the top layer of the soil.
  • Effect - weeds cut off and soil surface loosened for better air/water penetration.
  • Bllades are made of high tempered spring steel to stay sharp.
  • Hoe widths available: 85mm (others on request).
  • Blades are screwed on for easy replacement.

Price does not include delivery

Limited stock buy now

              Postponed until September 

I have made refunds to those who have already booked and keep well.

Thank you for booking and I look forward to meeting you when we are clear of this huge challenge.

Spring/summer session   Thursday 2 April for 6 weeks.

Easter Holidays 16 & 23 April finishing up on Thursday 21 May.

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Tips and tricks to make gardening easier with  Klaus Laitenberger  

Postponed Until Further  Notice

Very excited to welcome  Klaus Laitenberger  Klaus who is one of Ireland’s and Europe’s most respected vegetable growing horticulturists, where he is renowned for his expertise in soil management and organic gardening.  In fact, he is regarded as an organic vegetable gardening expert. He writes for various vegetable growing and gardening publications specialising in organics and soil sustainability

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Botanical Mono Printing and Sketching in the Garden June 2108

Ants in the Garden

Are ants in the garden bad? The good and bad news about ants and plants. Just as a weed is a plant growing in the wrong place, insects in the wrong place are pests. Ants play a very important role in the ecology of your garden for good and for not so good. ... Ants are predator and prey since they eat the eggs of many insects and serve as food for birds, lizards, and other beneficials. Their tunnels aerate the soil and allow water and nutrients to flow directly to the plant roots. They also distribute seeds by storing them in their tunnels. The caterpillars of some butter­fly groups - read more on Blog page

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What you could do, might do, should do in June 


Hose pipe ban. Never water an established lawn, use a watering can for new plants only. Watch out for dull, windy days  as these are very drying ( how do we dry our clothes in Ireland?) Up date, the rain has arrived, dig a little hoe and just check to see how much penetration !!!  Not a lot.

The best time to water is early in the day.Evening watering  you are just helping slugs and snails.

To protect from water loss in your soil apply a mulch, which if organic  bark chips, garden compost, grass cuttings. Non organic – stone, pebble, slate even rubber clippings.this will slow down evaporation.if you have fish in ponds keep an eye on water levels. Use water from your shower and kitchen sink, for your plants.

  1. Watering tomato plants/containers  use a bucket/watering can, keep a schedule every 3 or 4 days. If the plants are in grow bags or small pots they may need more frequent watering. Also remember to pinch out the axil shuts to encourage vigour in main stems.container grow plants need to be fed as quiet often sow release fertiliser begins to run out after 6 weeks. Especially in dry weather when adding water you re also flushing out nutrients.which need to be replaced in quickly growing plants producing lots of flowers,.
  2. Harvest  your early potatoes.Try and see how big they are. “Earlies” should be flowering now.
  3. Cut your box hedging , lay some sheeting at base to make it easier to collect trimmings and compost after. Also flowering shrubs, now finished ,  time to prune, for shape and also to stimulate fresh growth for next years flowers.
  4. Fill those gaps left by bulbs with annuals and also perennials where you can see the gaps with the remaining leaves still hanging. I find you are less likely to disturb your bulbs if there is still some foliage. Cosmos, Sweet Pea, Nasturtium , Nicotinna, Lunaria, also an opportunity to plant Dahlia – not an annual All of these will flower until the first frosts in October.
  5. Now is a good time to sow carrot seeds.Plant out cucurbits such as pumpkins and courgettes.Still time to grow from seed. Peas and beans also. In my garden I also will plant out leeks with my carrots.
  6. Where you had potatoes growing plant  Purple sprouting broccoli which is probably the best veg to grow as it rewards you so well.
  7. Keep on top of weeds with your Osslating Hoe.Hoeing in the morning will dry out soil in the evening the opposite.
  8. Take cuttings of your favourite plants first thing in the morning.Have your mix ready of compost and grit erring on the grit.Keep well watered and out of direct sunlight.If leaves on cuttings are very large reduce  to slow down evaporation( you need some leaf).Try to take cuttings that are about the size of a pencil and only take from a healthy plant.Place around the sides of a pot preferably a pre water soaked terra-cotta, don’t be tempted to place a cutting in the centre. Many cuttings fail so take lots. At this time of year you will be taking ‘soft wood ‘material.
  9. You can make your own plant food, by soaking seaweed (loose on a beach never cut seaweed) in a bucket and diluting making a much weaker liquid ( like week tea) often a strong solution can burn plants. Also soak nettles, comfrey and finally make an infusion from manure.
  10. No growth in lawns at the moment, keep edges neat ( not enough rain).

Mornington Garden is open to visitors ,Why not come for coffee or afternoon tea.Also I can organise a  private gardening class for  groups of 4 or more.I recently held a zoom class for a corporate group. Enjoy the long the long days of summer.Take the odd day off and visit other gardens on the