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The Sodcast – Episode 19

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


Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 18 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

the above all thanks to DavyMac 😀

Anything else you can contact me in the following ways

also:

  • Fancy a Sodcast Mug for your cuppa…. ? ;) because [say Pierce Comms] of course there is a consumer emotional attachment to brands and logos

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none for this week….

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This Weeks Oddities:

Will Knott asks:

Dear Peter,
I have pumpkins. Two small (put one fist in the other sized) “live” pumpkins that were decorations for haloween. If I want the seeds inside to grow, what should I do. At the moment they are sitting in the front garden, frozen. Will they rot down and plant themselves, or do I need to break them open?
Love the podcast
Will

And Finally:

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You can catch the Niall O’Keeffe show on Saturday evening. Don’t forget to Text XMAS and your message to 57000 and let Niall know you’re listening….

Nice way to end the podcast. Thanks Niall, enjoyed that 😀

The Sodcast – Episode 13

sodshow, garden podcast

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


Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 12 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

Thanks to Repak recycling – who sponsored the sodcast for the month of October.

Fancy a fancy garden….? Contact me on….

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Davy Mac Donald is a legend – nice news coming soon.

Speaking of which, I tidied up the homepage for my landscaping website. I think it looks better…?

Jane Powers noted : Bad news for Monsanto here: http://bit.ly/146vL8 and here: http://bit.ly/diwGeN But will anyone pay any attention? Jane is most probably right you know. I wrote this post on Weedol and Scotts – check out all the comments 😉

@antonmannering Anton Mannering says You get what you pay for… http://post.ly/17kyC

This Weeks Oddities:

I wrote this post about Sonairte and pumpkins last year and I also wrote this post on Sonairte itself. Halloween on the horizon – this is what they have this year….

On Saturday 30th October, between 11am-1pm, Deirdre Rogers visits the centre for a workshop of Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Festive Crafts. This workshop is suitable for all the family, and all participants should bring a glass jam jar which, with Deirdre’s help, will be turned into a scary Halloween direction.

On Sunday 31st of October Sonairte will host its Halloween Family Fun Day. This event, which includes our regular Food and Craft Fair, will feature lots of games, fancy dress competition, zombie hunt, pumpkin bowling, scary stories and loads more.

Visit The Sonairte Website – for more details

Say no to topped trees – I agree.

Jason Roe had his BTW meet up last week. I’m now thinking I should do Movember. I also wanted to say thanks to Jason. A bit like the garden group, Jason does it free gratis and for the craic. I like that. It’s not always about the money….. right ? 😉 That reminds me, Open Coffee Drogheda is on soon. Good girl Mary.

Thanks to Stephen O’Leary – I now know Movember has an Anthem

And Finally:

one of the worst jokes I have ever heard….. 😀 Still made me laugh.

The advantages of audio and the internet. I listened to this whilst typing this post. The advantages of knowing Paul O’Mahony. I have noted those two places for my next visit there. Paul is right about the ducks 😉

The Sodcast – Episode 11

sodshow, garden podcast

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

Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 10 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

Visit the Repak recycle Week 2010 blog – sponsors of the sodcast for October

Of course in my real job…. I do make gardens look better and you can of course contact me on:

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Well… they are just for Pat Fitzgerald this week:

if you need anything else or are unsure of anything else – just send me an email, my address is above 😉

This Weeks Oddities:

On sale in amsterdam Airport…. and courtesy of Cork man John Peavoy

Courtesy Piaras Kelly:

To celebrate Science Week 2010, Discover Science and Engineering and the Tyndall National Institute, Cork are running a national photographic competition entitled ‘Science Snaps’. The theme for this year’s competition is “The Wonder of Small Science”, which is inspired by the revolutionary science of nanotechnology. The theme should be widely interpreted, inviting submissions that illustrate how small science can have a huge influence on our world, from scientific breakthroughs, action pictures to everyday events, as long as it triggers the imagination and answers the theme of this year’s competition.

Entries can be submitted online at Pix.ie/group/sciencesnaps.  The closing date for entries is Friday, October 15th 2010.

And Finally:

I was teaching 5 month old Ella about the trees in our garden this week…. but of course I hear you say. But Dad has many talents…. 😉

The Sodcast – Episode 10

sodshow, garden podcast

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


Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or subscribe listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 9 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

Visit the Repak recycle Week 2010 blog

It’s about time I mention myself in all this and….. I do of course make gardens amazing [no matter the budget]. If you are in need of that extra bit of [green outdoors derived] smile to your day – you can of course contact me on:

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This Weeks Oddities:

via @DiscoverIreland and @VisitDublin Dublin can trace its origins back over 1000 years.Why not visit one of the many historic sites http://bit.ly/bwN8KA

Kiltrea Bridge Pottery in Enniscorthy Co. Wexford have their pot sale on where you will find huge reductions on all their pots. They are Irish made and all hand thrown with mostly Irish clay; a little bit of British clay thrown in – just to make the Irish clay work better I’m told. The dates are 2010 are 16th – 30th October 10am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday 24th October 2 – 5pm

  • 2011 RHS show tickets (inc Chelsea) are now on sale. 2010’s sold amazingly so book early is recommended

Had a late lunch today and walked back through Stephens green .. nice to see so many people out on the grass in the sun! – Jason Roe

The Irish Garden Plant Society Annual Plant Sale 2010

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And Finally:

From the lovely people at @WalksIreland

I noticed that their twitter page links to Walks Around Britain and asked them why? I got this reply. Great to see the interaction and also the logic.

@DoneganGardens Because we’re working on our Ireland site atm – as soon as we have something worth while to show you, we’ll change it over.

On that note…. I love the video below. Directions, video of where to park, the mapped routes…. makes life so much easier. Well done lads. 😉

Cutting Hedge

To an extent, this is a difficult one to write…. To cut a hedge properly is like putting in writing how to kick a football. Anyone can do it, but how many can do it right or more to the point how many have ever done a seriously bad job on attempting to do good 😉

I asked a friend recently for her hedge cutting tip. She told me…

just make sure you don’t wear socks and sandals at the same time….

A fair point. But fashion aside, there are some things that should be considered before one even dreams of looking at the hedge.

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The machine: there are hedge cutters and hedge trimmers. Petrol and electric. My advice. Buy once and buy well. Also, from my experience, when that machine konks, won’t cut as well or goes stiff because it was left outside over winter…. you’ll thank me for [maybe] paying that extra ten euro.

What I bought was a petrol hedgecutters. With blades on one side only and a protector on the other side. Some like the double sided blades, but it’s not for me. The cutters will take about 2″ width in growth. A big strong sturdy baby, I’ve had it about 4 years now and believe me it is well  tried and tested. It is also regularly serviced.

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The Fuel:

Most machines will take a petrol and 2 stroke oil mixture. The biggest problems I have ever heard are caused when one does not add the mix in and the machine grinds to a halt or the mix is in the wrond doage.

As far as I am concerned, 2 stroke oil is just that. I chose to mix up the [small] green can [5 litre] to 100 mls of oil [the smallest white one]. That’s a 1:50 mix ratio. Or a wee bottle into a green can. Can’t go wrong. Some may say a different ratio but thats a little dependent on the machine. Whatever you do, like not putting diesel in a petrol car… keep them – mixed and not mixed – very separate and label well if you have to.

The Cutting:

This is the tough bit…. if you honestly believe you are going to get into trouble and are one of those that is just not for DIY garden chores; if you are nodding your head as you read this…. just call me. It will cost you money but your partner will still love you 😀

If you are going to cut it yourself…. remember the measure twice cut once rule.

There are a tips to getting it right…

The first: if you have a fence on the peripheral this can be used a guide where the blades or guard rest against and this is your straight line. This also works as regards the topping – if – the hedge is to be maintained at that height.

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If you don’t have a fence type guide you could make a temporary one that can be used year after year. The only other way is to select by eye, the lowest/ deepest point existing in the hedge and making an indent nearby and on again…. one then simply joins the dots makes the indents meet up. Note: This is where you really need to be able to use your looking down the barrel of a gun close one eye type of view. Funny as it sounds level hedge cutting is very much a case of practice make perfect and the day before Marys big 40th bash is not the day to start training.

If one removes an inch all the way across and you make hedge bevels, in the growing season it can be cut back out again, when it grows back. But when you are in the middle of October and the hedge will not grow back until the following season…. take a look at the above video 😉

The tips are fine for compact hedges; For those that are more sparse/ less formal, like the bay laurel [for eg] one can take elements of height out with a secateurs first and once again join the dots with the machine.

Other than that, I also like to use a garden shears. For height I very simply use some builders tressles [like small scaffolding] or a telescopic cutters – basically a hedge cutters on an extension pole.

Whatever you do, if you are doing it yourself… take your time, enjoy it and don’t forget to allow for sweeping up time before you start.

How do you cut yours….?

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