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Horticulture Garden Classes: January 2014

donegan gardens bloom

I’ll be back at St. Tiernans teaching gardening and all things horticulture this coming January 2014.

Of note there’s an evening education class open day. I’ll be there, so you can come and have a chat and see what you think yourself. Or you can pop me a wee email if you like. Also, St. Tiernans are offering a 10% discount if you book on the day, of the open day. But if you can’t make that… You can book online. Details of which are noted below.

  • Open Day: January 11th 2014. 12.30 – 2.30pm 

Course Details:

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Seriously, But Not That Seriously

box hedge

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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Capillary Action

Pub Quiz Answer: water travelling against gravity. Ever seen rainfall go upwards ? If you’ve ever siphoned liquid [note: liquid plus tubes] from one place to another, you’re half way there.

Horticulturally serious: I’ll need this post to refer back to in a while and on a slight side note, maybe more than I realise, it is one of the most beneficial understandings in what might be considered one of the basic principles of horticulture. Many varying definitions out there to be found, this very shortened definition [as versus my own] should suffice.

Capillary action is the ability of a liquid to flow in narrow spaces without the assistance of, and in opposition to external forces like gravity.

In relation to gardening, this becomes again important when we consider:

In hydrology, capillary action describes the attraction of water molecules to soil particles.

I never entirely understood [I do] why capillary action as a definition got to be [of sorts] borrowed, because when broken down really by meaning, it cannot refer to water movement in anything other than a xylem [a plants water carrying internal pipes] or a tube of some format. A discussion for another day over a glass of Midleton I hear you say.

If you are actually interested in joining me for that chat, you’ll most probably find this photograph below extremely humorous. Oh the giggles we shall have 😉

garden water feature

Disclaimer: there’ll be no drinks. It’s just definitions can get quite cucumbersome and often need some mild humour to brighten them up.

Also, now every time I mention capillary action I can link to my own meaning/ explanation – as versus someone elses 😉

Note: I may update this post further. For now and because I write this when it suits/ I have the time/ I’m not in your garden ~ the basic understanding/ theory is there.

The #SodShow. Friday 4th October. Irish Garden Radio & Podcast

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

The #SodShow. Friday 4th October. Irish Garden Radio & Podcast (mp3)

The SodShow – with Peter Donegan & Brian Greene – Every Friday 3pm – Live

Listen to The SodShow Live @ 3pm:

  • Tune in: 103.2fm on your radio dial if you are in the Dublin area
  • Listen live online: every Friday 3pm via TuneIn.com – on your phone or desktop

With thanks to this weeks Guest:

Aaron Scantlebury of Gelert Camping and Millets Mary Street, Dublin

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the sodshow

About The SodShow:

The SodShow, Dublin City’s Garden Radio Show with landscape gardener Peter Donegan and armchair gardener Brian Greene airs on Dublin City FM Friday’s at 3PM.

Join Peter & Brian for an alternative view of all things outdoors with studio guests, field recordings, educational talks in a fun and unique garden radio style. With tools, plants & garden work for the week and trip to Dublin’s famous and well hidden parks & gardens the SodShow is fast growing to be a permanent fixture on Dublin’s radio dial since its launch in March 2011.

The SodShow is quite unique in that it started life as a popular podcast crossing over to live radio due to its growing demand.

Forget those Botanical Latin names (the presenters do as a rule) and roll up your sleeves. From gardening with a window box in an apartment to camping at oxegen, from chitting potatoes to making elderflower champagne you get it all on Dublin’s zaniest radio show.

The Sodshow is podcasted, blogged, streamed and live tweeted to the world via its internet site: http://blog.DoneganLandscaping.com/category/podcast

The SodShow. 7 October. Garden Radio Dublin

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

The SodShow. 7 October. Garden Radio Dublin (mp3)

The SodShow – with Peter Donegan & Brian Greene – Every Friday 3pm – Live

Listen to The SodShow Live @ 3pm:

  • Tune in: 103.2fm on your radio dial if you are in the Dublin area
  • Listen live online: every Friday 3pm via TuneIn.com – on your phone or desktop

Listen Later:

Making Contact: