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Garden Bargain: Fingal Co Co Composter Bins

Credit where it is due, I don’t think I have honestly ever seen compost machines or composter tumblers at these prices. They let me know, i’m letting you know. Very nice work by Fingal County Council if I’m honest.

In reality there are a few contained choices in which to compost your veggie peelings, garden clippings and the like. The first option is you take a trip to somewhere like Sonairte Ecology Centre and see the composting display area they have there. If however you dont fancy tying four pallets together ~ it may of course appear a little untidy, I highly recommend these by far prettier domestic versions.

The difference between the compost machine and the compost tumbler is little, as far as the compost is concerned ~ it will all rot down eventually ~ apart from the fact that the tipping is made easier.

My advice, buy one for your Dad and wrap a big bow around it.

Where do you go: Estuary Recycle Centre, Swords

The @SodShow. A Flavours of Fingal Special

Dublin’s Only Garden Radio Show. The SodShow – with Peter Donegan & Brian Greene – Every Friday 3pm.

On This Weeks Garden Radio:

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.

July 21st & 22nd 2012, Dublin’s first agricultural show and food & family fun experience takes place in the 370 acre 18th century estate of Newbridge House & Farm in Donabate, Co. Dublin. Note: includes much horticulture. 😉 We met with the very lovely Noeleen McHugh of Fingal County Council to find out more about The Flavours of Fingal.

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The Sodcast – Episode 15

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.


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First Up:

To answer a query that arose mid week….? Yes I do do small gardens. In fact I’m generally extremely content as long as I am in a garden 😉

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A long story, but there were no blog posts this week….

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courtesy of Mr McGuinness – Bord Bia ? How many of your videos are on my or any weblog ?

The Sodcast – Episode 3

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.


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This is the view from where I have been working all week. What you actually see is Irelands Eye…. Stunning! If you were to look to the left you would see Howth Marina. Go there. Worth it!

 

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Whats On:

National Heritage Week – August 21st – 29th

heritage week @ sonairte in Co. Meath

  • 1pm         Walk & Talk: Sonairte’s history & architecture with Luk van Doorslaer
  • 2pm         Walk & Talk: Heritage fruit’n’veg with Horticulturalist Laura Turner
  • 2.30         Nature Scavenger Hunt & kids activities with Botanist Emma Reeves
  • 3pm         Storytelling: Local Folklore &Tales of the Past with Margaret Downey
  • 4pm         Medieval Monastic Gardens, Digging up the Evidence with author & Archaeologist Geraldine Stout

With that in mind…. I got this email in from Dermot Quinn of the Howth Peninsula Heritage Society

In conjunction with the World Etchells Sailing Championships, being held in Howth Yacht Club, August 23-28, the Society is presenting a lecture for the visitors and other interested parties. This will take place on Tuesday August 24th, at 8 p.m. in the Howth Angling Centre (by kind permission). Diarmuid O Cathasaigh will speak on ‘Aspects of Howth’.
All are most welcome.
Dermot also passed this onto me:

We have pleasure in sending you details of our series of lunchtime lectures Mapping Urban Ireland which accompanies our exhibition of historical maps of Irish cities and towns, 3 August 2010 until 20 May 2011.

These free lectures take place on Tuesdays in the Meeting Room, Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  Lectures commence at 1.05 p.m. No booking is required. Further details available on www.ria.ie.

  • 24 AugustComparing urban Ireland with maps:  the Irish Historic Towns Atlas Sarah Gearty (RIA, Irish Historic Towns Atlas Project)
  • 7 SeptemberMapping towns in the Ulster Plantation Annaleigh Margey (University of Aberdeen / Trinity College Dublin)
  • 21 SeptemberJohn Rocque’s Irish city maps:  Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny and Armagh John Montague (RIA, Art and Architecture of Ireland Project)
  • 5 October: “Thirty-four minutes, twenty seconds west of London”, Limerick:  provincial city of maps Jennifer Moore (RIA, Irish Historic Towns Atlas Project / University of Limerick)

ardgillan demesne

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ardgillan demense

I went to see Ardgillan Demesne; It is a park, a castle [but not a true castle…], a playground, a gardens…  the second Sunday in March. It is by far the finest example of a park I have seen in Ireland to date.

Unlike Malahide Castle – all parts of the ‘demesne’ were open. It is put simply, amazing. I truly love it.

I could list every point of what was great – but – everything was great… except for the weather. Which was great by the time I was leaving. From start to finish including the coffee shop [and the photographs on the walls from Balbriggan Photography Society] was perfect. There wasn’t a hair out of place.

If I could give this park a 6 out of 5 rating I would. Well done to the grounds staff – you really have taken how a park and gardens should be maintained to a new high.