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Garden Advice Column – The Clare Champion

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This article was originally written for Carmen Cronin and The Clare Champion and an edited version of it published there October 3rd 2014. To be honest I had completely forgotten about it. Sorry ! Most likely due to creating and making gardens.

You may however remember the very lovely Carmen who is possibly better known for her amazing work at Clare Garden Festival ( you who travelled a long long way, bad joke ?, to hear me talk there would know) where I was an Expert Garden Speaker this year.

This below [below my business card that is] is the original, slightly longer version. Any Q’s ? feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a line.

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Seriously, But Not That Seriously

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Before I begin writing this post there are a few notes I should note.

  • horticulturists are allowed to disagree, about gardening.
  • Gardening should not be confused with world politics
  • It will never be considered that controversial
  • Gardening at any level is supposed to make you smile
  • I do not take things seriously, in my personal life. In the gardens I create yes.
  • I have never met Marie and without question, I’m sure she is a very lovely person.
  • As previously noted, this is not about world politics
  • I don’t buy the Irish Indo and haven’t bought a news paper in about 4 years.
  • I’m sure like all good newspapers, that it’s a fine read
  • I am very intelligent. In all departments, including horticulture

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A November Weekend In My Garden

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Last weekend, the garden radio show that I do needed, we felt, a little bit of a break from the extremes of botanical latin and over horticulturalisation – ie. the overuse of big words. We had pondered what might soften this and the idea that I record myself in my garden, in my spare time pottering about over a period of one weekend turned out to be a pretty good idea.

Listening back, I’m surprised at just how much I actually got done with no agenda and wee 2 year old Ella by my side. More than that, the feedback that has come in since this aired has been nothing short of phenomenol. I have so very many emails from people letting me know they are now doing a 15 minute stint, no matter the weather, in their little patch in their great outdoors, just once per day.

No matter the end result – I guarantee you will feel better for it. Your space outside will look better because of it. That will make others smile beacuse they have seen that. That smiling gig is pretty infectous. And then you’ll smile because they have smiled…..

You don’t need to follow my list, you can make your own, or don’t make one at all. Take a listen, see what you think and should you become a little stuck… I’m right here for you. 😉

The Gardeners Guide For August 2012

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The gardeners guide [podcast version] for the month of August:

The gardeners guide for the month of August will air live today, Friday @ 3pm on The SodShow, Dublin’s only garden radio show. Listen details for podcast and radio are as follows:

Other: The non-Gardener Group Gig with Trevor Sargent, Sunday July 29th. The Sodshow microphones will be in attendance.

You may find the podcast here after the weekend. In the meantime and for all your garden podcast needs, pop across to www.sodshow.com

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The SodShow Extra – Gardeners Guide For July

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.

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