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It’s somewhere around about a few months ago that I was supposed to do one big whopper of a post highlighting all of the great things I did over the last 12 months. A review of my year that was 2013 so to speak. I didn’t. And I’m not going to do one of them. Not this year. No apparent reason. I just couldn’t be arsed. Not, not arsed. I just don’t feel like it. The damn things take three days or so to write anyway. Read more

Landscaping Ireland and The Home Renovation Incentive Scheme (HRI)

irish distillers pernod ricard, fox and geese garden (3)

Update March 7th 2013:

I interviewed Pat Moland of The Irish Tax and Customs Revenue – or The Revenue Commissioners [on The garden radio show] as they are better known, to discuss the Home Revenue Incentive Scheme [HRI] from both the client and contractors perspective.

The Home Renovation Incentive Scheme (HRI), according to CitizensInformation.ie is:

A new Revenue scheme enables homeowners to claim tax relief on repairs, renovations or improvement work that is carried out on their homes by tax-compliant contractors and is subject to 13.5% VAT.

The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) will be paid in the form of a tax credit at 13.5% of qualifying expenditure, which can be set against your income tax over 2 years. In general, qualifying work must be done between 25 October 2013 and 31 December 2015.

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Buying Irish This Season

When we were growing up, way back in the old 5 and 10 pence pocket-money days, Dad would reward us for bringing back sweets with Irish wrappers. Funny, a little when i think back on it, but also extremely logic. The reward was a sort of opposing Law of Diminishing returns except with financial gain.

super valu ham infographicIt’s something that has stuck with me to this day and where possible I try to buy Irish at all times and if possible local as possible. A silly random example ?

I’ve never bought KP Peanuts. I know, I know Peanut plants don’t grow so well in this Irish climate but I also know Manhattan Peanuts are based in Finglas, Dublin and support many Irish jobs.

My logic is really simple. 97% of the gardens I have ever created are in Ireland. I’m therefore reliant upon the Irish persons Irish Púnt and I figured out the rest on my etch-a-sketch and an abacus….. As that amadán of a meerkat might say, Simples.

It wasn’t until I saw this Super Valu infographic that the brain started to click a bit….. in the could I do a little more department and well, it really does kind of get you thinking. Doesn’t it…?

On a mild side note, the greatest [loudest] voice I have seems to be The Sodshow, the garden radio show I do along side gentleman and radio head legend Niall O’Keeffe.

Chatting about it and buoyed by a couple of positives [and a few negatives] we thought we’d do an entire show on the whole Christmas and Irish and shopping as local as possible. And we did.

Funnily enough, The Sodshow Irelands only garden radio show and Irelands Best Podcast for 2012 is sponsored by brothers Garreth and Russell who own an Irish born and bred company called Greensax. Nice guys. Nice story. Irish etc

Back to it…. Take a listen to the show. It’s embedded above. Mull on it over a cuppa and if you have a few thoughts maybe drop me a line. Below pictured is a random picture of a garden I most probably won award for denoting the end of this posting 😉

The links mentioned in the show can be found here: Sodshow Christmas – Buying Irish

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Christmas Gifts For A Gardener 2012


It’s getting nearer to Christmas and it’s been a busy lead up. It the midst of it all still rolls on the Irelands only garden radio show and podcast, The sodshow, that I do alongside Niall O’Keeffe. This week, it was a Christmas gifts for the outdoors lover 2012 Special.

Take a listen and enjoy. 🙂

More info links and show notes ~ www.Sodshow.com

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Bloom 2012

I honestly didn’t know if I was going to make it to Bloom this year. Eventually, I did with my 2 year old bundle of smiles early on Sunday. Rain aside, so impressed I returned again on the Monday.

It’s a little funny being me most of the time, but at Bloom it gets a little funnier. In context, on the Sunday I entered the artisan food arena, left 3 hours later and not by choice, nor wish to leave, I saw nothing else.

Interview 1: Natasha of Natasha’s Living Foods

Interview 2: Birgitta of Burren Salmon

Interview 3: Mark Wheeler of Rathmullen House

When on the Monday I returned again, I simply kept on bumping into people. Good people. People I was happy to be in the company of. Some of them I hadn’t seen since that time last year and before I knew it, the tannoy system announced Bloom is closing.

In the big picture, Bloom is far more than just show gardens. My experience this year was simply fantabulous. For the most part, that came down to the organisation. Before, during and after. I would have quite happily stayed longer.

To note: My reference above is [solely] to just how on the ball the entire team was. Irish horticulture needs Irish horticulture to be popular. I hope it gets better with age. Or some random positive cliché to that effect.

Recorded chats here aside, I have two cracking interviews lined up for The Sodshow that will air this Friday coming and the following. Also of note is The SodShow, Bloom in the Park special with Gary Graham that aired the Friday prior to its opening.

In conversation with some of my fellow horticulturists I noted and know that Bloom is good for Irish horticulture. It needs and is better because of it.

Regarding Bloom 2013, as I noted recently, I have a mild pickle to chew on 😉

This image below as I left Bloom 2012 behind me, sits in my mind, for all of the so many right reasons. In whatever format I am there, I am looking forward to Bloom 2013.

To all who were ever so lovely, thank you so much.