Humorous Gardening cartoons that help you to cope with far too many slug appearances

Slugs Yes indeed. Land slugs real name. Gastropods : a self propelled foot that is a stomach. Snails without shells. Slugs are members of the largest class of animals after insects.  There are approximately 10 class in total which in turn all belong to the phylum of Mollusca. Anyway there are gazillions of them and they […]

It’s A Wild and Wonderful life innit?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life  (insert garden)?” Mary Oliver This has been a very wild week.  Consisting of several encounters with birds, bats, bees slugs and weeds.  I have been coming to terms with the loss of all the lettuce in the Jampa Ling […]

How to grow from seed under cover without chemicals

Late May and everywhere the growth is phenomenal.  It  is important to get the  concept of what it means to                                                      grow organically. Prevention –  it’s the only way. A […]

How to grow vegetables and plants in Damp conditions

What’s the weather like today? It is a damp, slightly chilly day in May.The temperature up until now, has been in the late teens. The community garden  in Jampa Ling is cared for by lots of  people who  come and go. Sometimes  it is difficult to find ways to be consistent. Constancy loves Consistency Plants […]

Ever upwards the Ash, and it’s freezing big trees and little

    Bonsai re-potting Yes it’s freezing.  Tá sé fuar go leor innu, It’s a grand day for being on the computer except then the chill gets in due to the lack of circulation. Says it’s 5 degrees but feels like 2. This is after the wind chill and the damp is factored in I […]

Pruning systems and treatment…different strokes for different folks

First there is a mountain Far from being the Zen gardener am I. Just in the door from a spot of pruning during which time my head was full of blog posts.  It’s almost  6pm and there is a huge stretch in the evening light. Is constantly composing while gardening a good thing one wonders. […]

Garden Therapy, all year round

Gardening meditation In term of therapy all year round we can compare this concept to the song lyric ‘all night long’ thus implying perpetual enjoyment (  that is to say, for a defined period of time).  For many years now living in N.W. Ireland I am bound for the armchair or sofa from about October […]

Rubus fruticosus , and it’s relative, native Irish cousins

Rubus fruticosa …….aka blackberry or bramble Genus: Rubus, Species fruitcosa, Family Rosaceae Yes it’s back to brambles again. I felt that I had to plumb the depths of the Rubus species a bit more. This very useful book called the Census catalogue of the flora of Ireland I have in my possession, and as it says […]

Brambles and other thorny subjects

Brambles On this mild day it feels so nice to be out and about tackling  thorny issues such as the strangling habits of brambles. I have always been attracted to these plants. Some of the most amazing plants on this planet of ours are ferocious. My all time favorite is the rose. Today I released […]