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gardeners weekend for the niall mellon township trust

the guide to the event:

and what a fantastic weekend its lining up to be…. please if you have a blog/ a twitter/ a FB/ a newspaper/ a radio –  can you repost this – it really is so very much appreciated 🙂

If you can’t go – maybe you know someone who can or who could help out on the day… to make an online donation securely – click here

are you going.....?

are you going.....?

Saturday & Sunday 12th & 13th of September 2009 sees some of Irelands top horticulturalists come together at the Garden Exhibition Centre in Kilquade to raise awareness and funds for Peter Donegan to travel to South Arica in what is his third year building community gardens. 28 stunning sample gardens, cream cakes and great coffee, pet arena, garden guest speakers with Q& A sessions and live music and a host of activities for family and children. All for the price of a donation.

Because of your 10 cents, your 10 euro or even your very much appreciated 10 minutes I have managed to go there for the last 2 years. This year, this November I’m going again. The event above is gonna be a jam packed family day out with soooooo much to do and plenty for the gardener, the non gardener or the wannabe gardener…. Take a look at what the garden of hope team managed last year….

here’s a taster of what will be on offer and a little information on the charity….

it’s going to be held in the garden Exhibition Centre in Kilquade which is already an amazing place here’s some of what they have to offer….

not only that…. but the very kind gentlemen of The Riptide Movement – a band that are booked to play support for none other than Fleetwood Mac in the o2 😆 are coming along on the Sunday to play some tunes from their debut album….

I’ll keep you updated here….. btw… you can also stick a big fat cheque in an envelope – donate your time or whatever you got going 😉 and or you can click here and throw in your few cents.

I hope to see you there. Thank you 🙂

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supporting plants…

looking for a little alternative other than the sheet of trellice that keeps rotting away behind that overgrown climber? maybe a more presentable way to support that new tree you just bought? maybe a new way to divide that strip between you and the neighbours….. ?

Take a look and see what you think….

3 minute wonder…

what is eating my plant…

not what... but who?

not what... but who?

I was out near The Curragh recently with really nice clients having a coffee… on the way out the door… I spotted Dolly having a go at the newest vegetarian options menu 😆

Humour aside, last year of course my cabbage plants had an absolute savaging by the insect world. Not being the biggest chemical fan in the world that I am… I inspected and it was pretty easy to see why the ‘law of diminishing returns’ had taken an entirely new meaning. Without getting into the entire lengthy discussion of insects and their habits…. for the moment I shall narrow amage of leave down to two types.

The first is by insects… [pauses] pests of plants – whose  mouth eating parts will only alow them to eat in between the veins of the plants leaves… the second type is bird damage who will eat through any part of the leaf including the vein.

operophtera brumata

operophtera brumata

In this case it is plain to see the Winter Moth Caterpillar [operophtera brumata] having an absolute feast.

To control these guys the answers are [excluding chemical warefare] pretty pre-historic. Assuming you do wish to end their life, it is by hand that is constantly recommended by almost all books… ie. they are to be removed by hand. The only other method it seems is to cover the planted area with a horticultural fleece to prevent them getting to the plant.

Whatever you do, whatever you choose to grow – remember not to get stressed and enjoy 🙂

10 green-er bits and bobs…. for you!

unusual...?

unusual...?

Every now and again, I get a list of things that generally wouldn’t make an entire blog post so to speak or simply just deserve a good mention…. here are another 10 green-er-[ish] bit’s and bobs…. just for you! enjoy 🙂

  • Two company’s I recently reviewed Qik & Maxroam – they’ve just joined forces. A great Irish business success story. A great man in Pat Phelan at the helm. Read the facts here. Tanáiste Mary Coughlan was on hand celebrate with the lads great news. Bulaidh bós All.
  • Limerick Mothers asked to get real…? I’d mentioned real nappies before… It seems Limerick Co. Co. are going a step further and doing something… I’m all for this one. April 22nd and 23rd… Pity this isn’t an All Ireland gig. Well done Sinéad Mc Donnell, Limericks Environmental Officer!
  • According to Clare County Council… well, their press release [read it here], 37 plots measuring 15m x 10m is the way to tackle the recession?! Great idea – slight bandwagon jumping on me thinks! Would have been nice-er if this was simply just a good news story…. But then it is The Mayor of Clare
  • Free Gig! Interested? Composting at home? Limerick County Council & the Irish Peatland Conservation Council Coláiste Iosaef, Kilmallock (7.30-10pm, Thursday 23 April). I wonder do they have brown bins in Limerick? For more info contact Helen Rooney at 061-496192 or e-mail hrooney [at] limerickcoco [dot] ie
  • Courtesy of Eoghan Mc Cabe – been sitting in my locker a while… just waiting….  Ma! ? Press play below…. 😆

  • Courtesy of Nick Mc Givney – a new meaning to green business cards
great idea...

great idea...

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