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.

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  .                                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.

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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.

 

 

 

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

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Ants in the Garden

Are Ants Bad for 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 beneficial. 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 produce a sweet substance known as honey­dew to attract protectors. The ants “farm” the caterpillars, sometimes even carrying them into the ant nests to complete development. This interaction can add more butterflies and birds to your garden as they become attracted to the greater insect activity.

The bad news is that ants can protect honeydew-producing, sucking insects that do a great deal of damage, such as aphids — white, green and black fly also scale and mealybug, populations in the garden.

They actually will drag their eggs into their nests and protect them.

Wasps eat aphids. Aphids produce honeydew which ants love.

Controls of ants in your garden

Planting aromatic herbs around the perimeter of your home can also discourage ants. The added benefit is that other insects and vermin are also put off by the aroma. Any mint plant – mint needs to be planted in a container as it will become too common in your garden, also Tansy and Sage can also be effective repellents.

You can reduce their numbers by pouring boiling hot water on their nests. This technique will help you control population numbers at source.

Ants don’t like citrus. Squeeze a citrus fruit in the direction of your plant so that the juice spritzes out. This should help to repel the ants.

  • To make a more heavy-duty citrus repellent, boil the rinds of half a dozen oranges in water for fifteen minutes. Also, you could use citrus drops.
  • Blend the rinds and water in a food processor and pour the mixture around your plants.
  • Make your own soap solution with 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in 1 pint of warm water  or you could use washing up liquid diluted
  • Spray it on and around your plant. Soaps containing peppermint oil are particularly effective.

Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, chilli powder, coffee grounds, or dried mint tea leaves can be scattered around the base of the plant to deter ants too.

Spray the flying ants ( which are mature mating creatures) with dishwashing soap 

Diluted dishwashing soap is an effective agent against flying ants as it attaches to their bodies and dehydrates them.

Get yourself a spray bottle to catch the little creatures in flight and mix two generous squirts of dishwashing liquid with water. This is also effective on aphids on your plants. My mother would have used the water from the basin of washing up water to do this.

Using pesticides can damage beneficial insects and also the balance in your garden is really important to allow nature to do its job.