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

  .                                Happy Christmas 

Sarah showing off her Wreath made in Dalkey Garden School workshop.

Just a few thoughts for now, what you could  or might do to finish up the year .

 

  1. Feed the birds and don’t forget they like to drink.
  2. Get all those leaves off your lawns the grass will suffer underneath.
  3. Clean your tools
  4. Finish planting your bulbs, they don’t do very well in brown bags!
  5. Decide now and make a list of any seeds you would like to grow.

Now that our gardens are resting we should also and browsing  through books filled with beautiful plants and gardens will inspire you. The best and nicest Irish book of course is Jimi Blake’s New book “A Beautiful Obsession”. Many of the photos were taken by Bernard van Giessen who has also photographed Mornington Garden. ☝️ more thing, Fumbally Christmas Market on Sunday 15,  Green Vegetable Seeds, will be there with the best organic seeds you can get.

  A very Happy Christmas and a growing New Year.

 

 

Osslating Hoes back In Stock

OSCILLATING OR STIRRUP HOE - FANTASTIC WEEDING TOOL.Osslating Hoe

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

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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Ants in the Garden

Up coming May Workshops

 

Natural Pest and Disease Management

Saturday May 25 No need ever to use Chemicals.

10am-4pm

Ingrid Foley

 Your health starts in the garden and Ingrid will show you how to avoid toxic and dangerous chemicals. She will demonstrate how to keep your garden healthy and protect your plants from pests and diseases with an emphasis on prevention! Learn how to deal with problems from slugs to wireworms, from blight to other fungal diseases. Get advice and help on how to prevent problems. All other mechanical and biological controls will be explored and various antifungal and antibacterial teas, brews and sprays will be introduced. The course we believe all gardeners need to do, but often shy away from.

10am – 4pm

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Dee Crofts will help you capture flowers and foliage in plaster by creating your own “fossils” from Mornington Garden. Using potters clay to make your mould and plaster of paris to create a unique art piece.