How to Best Position your Greenhouse or Polytunnel

How to Best Position your Greenhouse or Polytunnel
If you intend on buying a greenhouse this year the first thing you must consider is the location. The location you choose will determine the success of the crops you grow as well as the durability and longevity of the structure. Also the area you have available will also determine the size and type of ...

The (Tree) Stakes Have Been Raised With Our Windy Weather

The (Tree) Stakes Have Been Raised With Our Windy Weather
A new season and more weather woos for the Irish gardener. The frost of course isn’t behind us but a new battle has begun in the garden. The move away from the cold winter days and the arrival of milder weather brings with it strong and sometimes gale force winds. Windy weather can cause severe ...

Cabbage or Carrots? Which Grows Better in your Soil?

Cabbage or Carrots? Which Grows Better in your Soil?
At the beginning of the growing gardeners need to make the tough decisions on which vegetables to grow this year and which vegetables to exclude. Certainly not an easy decision to make as I’m sure we would like to grow every type of vegetable out there from Melons to Mange touts but unfortunately we are ...

Rotate your Beans for a Successful Vegetable Plot

Rotate your Beans for a Successful Vegetable Plot
Crop rotation is both essential and simply to do, so why is it that so few of us do it? Rotating vegetables is essential for three reasons: To conserve soil nutrients and fertility To prevent the build up of pests and soil borne diseases To add nutrients to the soil   Really any one of ...

Growing Exotic Seeds with a Propagator Kit

Growing Exotic Seeds with a Propagator Kit
Some of the tastiest and most interesting fruits and vegetables are more akin to warmer climates then what we have here in Ireland and growing such plants has not been an option and can’t be done on a large scale. It is however possible to grow a small amount of exotic plants and seeds in ...

Make Your Own Garden Cloche

Make Your Own Garden Cloche
Garden cloches are an essential tool for all gardeners as they protect delicate and tender crops in their early stages and they increase soil and air temperatures in early spring and late autumn extending the gardeners growing season. Cloches also extend the range of vegetables that can be sown and even help to protect crops ...

Remember to Label your Plant Pots

Remember to Label your Plant Pots
Gardening should be all about trial and error, there is no reason why every gardener shouldn’t try his or her hand at growing all manner of different flowers and fruits. The beauty of gardening is that if you do it right then you’ll have a lovely new plant, and if you do it wrong; well, ...

A Bench Cover Can Really Save your Furniture Over the Winter Months

A Bench Cover Can Really Save your Furniture Over the Winter Months
The chill is setting in and all ideas of al fresco dinning have long past. With the sun setting by 5pm in the evening it’s a wonder how everyone can even manage 10 minutes in the garden. With all that in mind it seems unnecessary to have your patio furniture and garden bench sitting out ...

Use a Soil Test Kit to Determine Your Soil Nutrient Status

Use a Soil Test Kit to Determine Your Soil Nutrient Status
Farm yard manure is the holy trinity when it comes to garden soil. It is so because it offers soil the three most important components. They are; nutrients, drainage and micro organisms. These three components are what good soils are all about and if your soil test kit tells you that your soil is lacking ...

Choosing the Best Garden Spade for You

Choosing the Best Garden Spade for You
If you find yourself out amongst the trees and shrubs on a regular basis, then you are, like me, are likely to be an avid gardener. In a general sense gardening is a healthy past time; fresh air, good exercise, great for body and soul all round. But as with everything; too much of anything ...