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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.

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.




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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.




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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

Mornington May 17 2018

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The best and worst thing about gardening is that time does not stand still, and I suppose neither do we.Gardening is about life and the desire to live.

Really enjoy every day of May as the country side and our gardens push up new growth, the leaves on the trees, so fresh and vibrant, the Cherry, Apple blossom booming, drink in the fresh air which we are now beginning to realise we cannot take for granted. 

The combination of our non toxic gardening will have a benefit , encouraging bio-diversity where it is difficult to exist in other places,  such a natural thing in our gardens, on our balconies where ever we can encourage flora and fauna to thrive.

May Day was born from the industrial struggle for an eight-hour day.For a gardener as the days stretch we have the opportunity to extend our time in the garden — no May Day for us, but then is it work?

May  the beginning of summer, the seeds were sown in spring, new life really starts to be seen in the garden.The apple trees are in full bloom bearing fruit in the autumn, completing their cycles of life, with the production of seed to continue on.

The soil is beginning to warm up as the days grow longer and generally in most parts of the country around the 20 May we can start planting out our more delicate plants without the worry of frost.The protection we gave the soil  in the autumn and late winter will now begin to pay dividends, without good soil we are lost.

I suppose the best indicator that things are happening is the growth of weeds, and  so keep hoeing. Weeds are flowers growing in the wrong place, so you choose, as dandelions are still one of the best sources of early pollen for our precious bees.

For me May brings back many very happy memories of my Holy Communion picnic on the shores of Lough Corrib with the Hawthorn in full bloom. Enjoy.

1 Plant up your tomatoes into the best possible compost, plant them deep.

2 Early flowering shrubs when finished, such as  Forsythia, now is the time to prune as they will produce their flowers again on this years growth.

3 Mow your lawn often keep short and allow the grass to stay there helping to feed the soil.

4.Dead head Tulips and Narcissi ( daffodils) as they finish, allow the leaves to die back naturally, as they are feeding the bulbs for next year, this can take 6 weeks 9 mid June).

5 Keep a good eye out for slugs and snails, they are most active int the evenings. Set up beer    traps for them, hoeing in the morning also helps to reduce baby slugs.