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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Airfield Gardens revisited

I am speaking about Airfield gardens of course. The previous weekend garden trip was so densely packed that it has to be split into two posts. It is 16 years or more since I last visited the gardens at Airfield. A lot has gone on in the meantime. It is a working farm as well […]

Fruitful behaviour,

Still on the subject of the  fruitful abundance that  surrounds us all. It is hard to let up sometimes, while fertile boughs teem with apples,  golden gage and Victoria plum are rescued from the mouths of greedy wasps.  Rowen trees dripping titian berries against grey skies remind us that Autumn is around the corner and […]