The Sodcast – Episode 12

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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 11 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

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

Of course my real job is improving the look of your garden and you can of course contact me on:

This Week On The Blog:

Images For The Podcast:

Links For The Podcast:

from 2008…. plastic hedges

and there’s more plastic hedges where that came from. But I prefer the real trees

Thanks as always to:

This Weeks Oddities:

I love this quote [Via @Carolaik @InvasiveNotes and @aquatic_habitat]

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.”~Bill Vaughn

Courtesy of @Graham_Rice and Jane Powers: Britain changes mind about banning all cotoneasters & all crocosmias as invasive. Details on the Transatlantic Plantsman

The lovely @OrlaMcDermott asks:

@DoneganGardens quick Q! Got a lovely pressie of tulips from Amsterdam! When to plant?

Also from @carolaik – A Green roof come to life have some candidates [?] attending the Culchie Festival @ Leitrim October 22-24. There’s also a great gig called Are You Afraid of the Farm? Well worth checking out! Think I’d rather the Culchie festival somehow

I’ll explain this one in the podcast:


And Finally:

The Sodcast will be [re] available to sponsor November 1st 2010 – Interested ?

It’s a bank holiday weekend in Ireland. I’ve got some hedging to trim and tidy. This one below is hawthorn. I’m not its biggest fan, only because of its thorns… but it so well worth it for what it does for nature and wildlife. The garden is about more than just me. I might just give them a little slow release fertiliser. I hope I make to a park as well.


The Sodcast Guests – Jane Powers

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

Listen to this Sodcast episode in MP3 – or – you can subscribe or/ and listen to the podcast via iTunes. Alternatively you can subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 9 of the garden podcast ?

Introducing Jane Powers

I met with Jane today, Tuesday 5th October in her back garden in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.


Over a mug of coffee we had a sort of chat between two gardeners kind of a conversation about how, why and just where it all began.

Jane is a garden writer and photographer living in Ireland and writes the weekly gardening column in The Irish Times Magazine also contributing to various other publications in Ireland and the UK. At present she is working on two gardening books. The first, The Living Garden: a place that works with nature, will be published next spring by Frances Lincoln.

Jane is the second guest for the sodcast, the garden podcast.

I find personally, that to get an insight into the behind the scenes of a person, speaker, writer and in this case the fellow garden lover that is Jane makes such a huge difference to…. even just reading Saturdays article over again.

Jane will be a regular contributor on the Podcast and you can tune in this Thursday to hear my first conversation with her. Details of how to are at the top of this weblog post. You can also visit the sodcast – podcast page on iTunes

My Links for Jane:

You can of course contact me on:

If you listened to the Audio, you’ll really enjoy this…. It made me smile 😉

J. F. Powers Winner of the 1963 FICTION AWARD for MORTE D’URBAN

National Book Awards Acceptance Speeches:

Among my several children there is a little girl, Jane, age four. The other day she came to me with a piece of paper, a manuscript, her own, and I pretended to see words and sentences in her mock handwriting — with which she takes great pains. “Once upon a time,” I began. “Long, long ago.” After that, there was a moment when I didn’t know where I was, but I was relaxed about it, and soon I was reading along, going on about a bear and a dragon who had got into a hell of an argument over which one should be the one to step aside and let the other pass. Jane was absolutely hooked. And why not? A good, strong story line, dialogue, description, and characterization — all excellent. But I was beginning to wonder, as the story got better and better, how it would all end. To wonder, yes, and to worry. “And the bear opened his big red mouth,” I read, “and the dragon opened his big red mouth” — and right there I came to the bottom of the page, I looked to see if the story was continued on the other side, but it wasn’t. Silently I returned the manuscript to the author. She had a stunned look. “Wait,” she said, and pulling herself together, rushed off to write some more.

There, in that little scene, I can see the power and the glory of the storyteller — and the responsibility evaded. “The man of letters,” Allen Tate has said, “must recreate for his age the image of man, and he must propagate standards by which other men may test that image, and distinguish the false from the true.” This, of course, is easier said than done, but this should be the writer’s work, always the end in view. Even the ignorant man, if he is an artist, can reach beyond himself. He has the power, in Henry James’ words, “to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implications of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern, the condition of feeling life in general so completely that you are well on your way to knowing any particular corner of it.” This is the writer’s power and glory. But not without responsibility, and this, for the writer, as writer, artist, means responsibility to his craft and therefore to his readers.

When Jane returned with her manuscript, I said, “Oh, yes. Well, the bear opened his big red mouth, yes, again, and the dragon opened his big read mouth, again, and — and they ate each other up!”

Jane, I could see, didn’t care for this at all, and didn’t properly understand it. “That was a dumb story,” she said, but not so much to me as to herself. She was blaming herself.

“No, Jane. That was a very good story,” I said, and that, in fact, was how I felt about the story.

And that is how I feel about my novel Morte D’Urban, too, but I want to thank the judges, Elizabeth Hardwick, Harry Levin, and Gore Vidal for honoring the book and me as they have.

The Sodcast – Episode 7

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

Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or – as always you can subscribe or/ and listen to the podcast via iTunes.

Alternatively you can subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 6 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:


the #sodcast is still sitting pretty in the new and noteworthy section of iTunes and has been rated 15 times. 14 of them 5 stars* and just 1 4 star*. There are also more comments than you can shake a stick at in the reviews. If you disagree or think it should change in any way…. go there leave a comment and simply write:

Peter, will you ever shut up!

….and then rate it as 1 star* For the moment, I guess it seems I’m doing ok for you. 😉

On The Blog This Week:

Images For The Podcast:

This Weeks Oddities:

My favourite of the week has to be this from Bates Nursery – an article called Gardening for the iPod generation. First ask what is Ireland doing and then read the following….

The British Association of Garden Designers has previously suggested that if nothing was done to make gardening more trendy, then future generations would no longer take it up as a hobby. It is hoped that aesthetically pleasing and functional garden products such as these will reverse the declining interest in gardening and encourage the so-called “iPod generation” to take up horticulture as a hobby.

And Finally:

While over in London at #nokiaworld – I interviewed Pat Phelan. Then I recorded this little bit of footage….

A Sound Weekend

More a weekend of sound…. see what you think ?

Friday evening – pitch and putt club annual outing

Ended up in playing guitar in the resulting trad session

Saturday, I met Ger who was checking the mosture in barley

After I dropped into Philip who makes elder flower champagne

Sunday morning, listening to the birds at 6am

My first time to play pitch and putt in Ballyboughal

The hens needed some TLC and their house a spring clean

My thoughts on promoting horticulture after reading the weekends papers

Some time with Ella….

I also got a little relaxation in….. a little!


And finally the rain stopped long enough to get the grass cut

The Great Gardening Weekend Podcast

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

Listen in MP3 format – or- As always you can rss the podcasts via iTunes or you can subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed last weeks garden podcast ?

On the blog:

My weekend in the garden:

Unusual Green News:

Your Thoughts on This Email:

Hi Peter, great site – engaging blog, great ideas – But I can’t quite figure out who is your market? Is it the organic farmer, is it someone with a city garden, county councils ….???

I replied….

A Chara Cormac,

thanks very much my friend. Always good to get feedback on the blog. Being honest – I’m not sure there is one strict ‘audience type’ that I was looking to ‘target’. It’s more just my ramblings [?] thoughts and so fort of what I come across as an enthusiast of the great outdoors. There are also points in there where I believe discussion is always good [ie. organic] and thats another side to it.

Essentially I make or work with plants/ gardens/ am a horticulturalist by qualification. The reality is though that I dont play golf or live a lavish lifestyle and this you might say keeps me more than occupied. By way of sponsorship – if it comes it comes that’ll be nice but it is by no means the reason I started writing. To be honest, when I left the farmers journal I just needed to keep my fingers occupied and this came up. I guess it just grew from there.

That said the stats show the people like it – so I guess I’ll just keep plugging away until Bill Gates decides to buy me out 😉

Cormac replied:

Cheers Peter, I suppose my comment was more an observation on why you’re not trying to more specifically capitalise on the interesting nature of your blog by upping the sales/ business content of your website (not the blog – which would obviously turn people off). Turning the stats into business. On the other hand your passionate approach is admirable – I’m sure such passion has greater rewards

I replied:

*smiles I wouldn’t mind Cormac to be honest I just and it is something that crossed my mind. Thats said I’m not sure I know how. Also I’m not sure Mrs D would agree with the passion has greater rewards ! 😉

And finally Cormac replied:

well I would have thought putting up some past projects on the website side would be a start – or outlining what you’re best at! (you can’t be good at everything!;-) With a dublin address you have a fine big market. You could be the Duncan of horticulture! Anyhow – i’ll leave you at it! there was you having a good time til I started nagging you like the Mrs.

Personally I think Cormac sounds like a decent cup of coffee kind of guy…. certainly made me think and for the better. Thanks Cormac. Sincerely. Is that the Duncan I think he’s talking about…. 😉

This made me smile:

It appears some-one really does read this blog. Really made me smile Thanks Orla 😀


also via @orlamcdermott – this little how to take it easy video 😀