Donegan Landscaping. A Gardener Looks Back On 2011

I did do a review of the gardeners year for 2010. But it’s onwards and upward and whilst we head into 2012… here’s a look back on the last 12 months of 2011.

*If I missed or forgot something or someone – just hollar and I will ammend as soon as. In this review I try to include the bits that are not garden making….. if you get what I mean


  • January saw me hit the Irish Times Innovation with note for my online endeavours whilst the years first outing took the Garden Group to Skerries Mills
  • February saw the garden podcast interview some gardening greats like Frank Foley and Anne O’Hara whilst you donated around €650 in 24 hours so I could go to Inis Mór. Legends

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  • March saw The SodCast my solo garden podcast evolve to radio as alongside Brian Greene The SodShow was born on the airwaves of Dublin City FM. Still talking gardens, alongside Fingal Libraries I began a series of garden talks with some of Fingal’s Schools.
  • In April I ran a half marathon on the island of Inis Mór whilst that month saw my ugly mug beautiful face grace the gardening slot and the screens of RTE’s Four Live

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caroline duke, natasha duffy, peter donegan @ spirit of folk hedgerow walk

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Whilst I flicked through my diary and realised just how much I actually had done outside of making and creating gardens… it should be noted that none of this would make any sense without someone to share the stories, the laughter and equally the tears with. I am forever greatful to the so many great friends and people I have met along this years road. From my heart, thank you.

Did I enjoy it? Every second. Don’t get me wrong… no road is an easy one especially when I work in an industry that is so weather dependant and I am self employed. That is not a complaint…. more an additional reason to appreciate the people who stand tall by my side when times are a little tougher. You were there too when we laugh our socks off.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh. Nollaig Shona duit agus na hathbhliana. Slán agus beannacht.

Thank you, again, for everything.


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The Sodcast – Episode 10

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, 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:

This Week On The Blog:

Images For The Podcast:

Links For The Podcast:

Jane Powers Links:

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

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


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. 😉

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I met Catherine Costello, the project manager for waste matters at Damien Mulleys event. It was unusual, to see a website such as this represented at what was essentially a ‘how to use a weblog best‘ seminar – mainly as I thought I would be the only one [ie with a ‘non techie’ blog].

Catherines, now famous, story was how a flat screen television was found in a skip – before you ask it only needed a new plug!

I had a rumage through the site [click here]. For me it’s well built, very well designed and very easy to use. I found I could have refurbed my office, my house and got two bikes. One person was even donating 50 computer monitors. I know last week I had 2 sheds, an outdoor table c/w 6 chairs to give away and thats just the start of it. Bulaidh bós to Catherine for so many reasons – one of which was attending courses like to and appreciating that we can all learn more. With that in mind it’s is a pity others don’t take a leaf out of her book! hmm wonder will I find anything for my garden….

Category Description Amount Available/
Baby Goods Reversible buggy. Available Macroom Details
Baby Goods Cosato stroller good condition Available Crookstown Details
Bikes & Accessories 2 mens bicycles Available Youghal Details
Furniture Wooden bunk beds wanted can exchang… Wanted Rosscarbery Details
Furniture Green three piece suite. Available Midleton Details