Halloween is over the geese are getting Fat
- well Christmas is coming.

Saturday 30 November Sally Horn will be here to help us make Christmas wreaths and table decorations . You can either come in the morning or afternoon. Promise to have some Christmas treats to help us be really creative, nice way to start celebrating Christmas.
Don’t leave it too late to book as places are limited and booking fast.

 

 

 

 Part of Butterfly mix 2019 Garden August 2019 Garden August 2019

Osslating Hoes back In Stock

 

Osslating Hoe

OSCILLATING OR STIRRUP HOE - FANTASTIC WEEDING TOOL.

Our 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 - 125mm (other on request).
  • Blades are screwed on for easy replacement.

Limited stock buy now

Spring  Gardening Classes - Thursday 30  January 10 - 1 pm .

Spring session        Thursday 30 January (2nd last day of winter)
for 6 weeks.

Midterm 20 February finishing up on March 12.

Spring/summer session   Thursday 2 April for 6 weeks.

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

Book  your place now

What to do Now in November

 

  1. Build  a leaf pen for your garden leaves. As they decompose slowly it is better to have them separate. You can also fill black bags which will also allow the spent leaves to break down over time.
  2. Finish planting  your spring  bulbs now.
  3. Dahlias and other non hardy plants, Ginger, Canas can be lifted now, stored until all threat of frost has passed in early summer . If you are lucky to have a large  banana plant wrap it with straw, or fleece and protect the top with a bucket from heavy rain, otherwise lift it and bring it into a protected structure.
  4. Cut our old growth on thornless blackberries, tai berries and logan berries, keep at least 3 new stems for next years fruit.
  5. Continue to add organic matter to your flower and vegetable beds, such as last years leaf mould and if you have it also manure.What you are doing is not only feeding the soil, but also insulating it from harsh wet weather.
  6. Now is also a good time to sow wild flower seeds. allowing them to germinate and start putting down roots.  Other than wild flowers mix up a selection of annuls which can give a similar affect. You can choose mixes for bees and butterflies, I did this last year and was delighted with the results, if you don't have a lot of space consider using large pots or containers. 
  7. Hellebores are beginning to start flowering. If you buy one or 2 now how about enjoying them in your home for Christmas, and then plant out into the garden.
  8. Time also to plant garlic as it likes the cold of winter to get it going. Plant deep, and use the biggest cloves, allow space to grow and choose  cloves which are guaranteed disease free( what you get from your supermarket  are not guaranteed for this.
  9. Hedges trim now before it get too cold and frost at night.I have just cut my box hedging and as it is a slow grower I am delighted as I can scoop up the cuttings with all the other leaves hanging about.
  10. Clean out your green house, Set up a warming mat system for your seedlings. Annuals such as cosmos, sweet pea can be sown now, in containers to get an early start..
  11. Start to plant bare-root roses, hedging, trees - they can be planted any time between now and March.Bare roots plants are easy to plant, an dustily less expensive.Last years planting. check tree ties as you can imagine  your trees have put on a few inches.
  12. Plant out bedding displays of pansies, violas and primulas.

Lots to do. Don't strip everything backs as it provides cover for not only the soil but the creatures that live there.Water, drinking water also crucial for visiting creatures. Focus on tidying your edging, preparing your compost heaps if you need help having your hedges cut book your help now.As autumn continues into winter, we will be coming into bare root planting  season.Lots of opportunities. Remember we are now in winter so gardeners don't forget to take time off!!! But you can still now start dreaming for the future, check out seed catalogues and start to plan what you wish to grow next year.

Spring session        Thursday 30 January (2nd last day of winter)  for 6 weeks.

Midterm 20 February finishing up on March 12.

Spring/summer session   Thursday 2 April for 6 weeks.

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

 

 

 

Mornington Garden No dig

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

Mornington May 17 2018

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Fermented Foods

Fermented Foods

on some of my fliers, the date is wrong Sorry !!!

Saturday 20 October 2018

10am – 1pm

Ever wanted to try making your own fermented food but don’t know where to start? Come along to this demo and learn all about fermenting food and drinks, nature’s probiotics! Learn how to make milk and water Kefir, fermented vegetables, sourdough bread, labneh cheesecake and more. It is a fantastic way to introduce natural probiotics into the body. Walk away with your very own sourdough starter, recipes and a confidence to make them all at home.

Fiona Staunton is a  Ballymaloe trained Chef and has a Degree in Education from Trinity.
Having worked as a chef at Ballymaloe House she started her own successful catering business in Dublin in the late 1990s, catering for Private and Corporate functions.