A couple of years ago I decided that it was time to start hacking away at the rough field just to the east of the house at the Little Garden. The area was dug and I immediately started plonking plants in, mostly because I had nowhere else to plonk them. Bad move. It wasn’t long before the weeds took hold and started to swamp my plonked ... Read more about Making Beds
For the last few weeks I have been eyeing up the strawberries I have growing in oil tanks at the Little Garden. We had two oil tanks split because they weren't seated on a level footing. I cleaned them out really well and got the big lad to cut them in half lengthwise with a con saw (his very favourite tool besides wire). Two halves are now home ... Read more about A strawberry dilemma
With the beginning of the traditional Irish spring on the 1st of February, I got back to work at the Big Garden after a very, very long winter. Yesterday was a gorgeous Saturday morning. It was the first really nice morning I've been able to get out and do something: it's either been too cold, too wet or too dark to do much since November. So I ... Read more about Back to work
Seems like everywhere I look these days I read something about living willow structures. Over the past couple of years I've made a few of these structures for myself: a fedge (a living fence), archways and a dome. Before I actually started making these features I did research on the internet on how to do it. But then I started getting ... Read more about Where there’s a willow… there’s a way
Quick! You'd better get out and enjoy the autumn colour now. It's going fast. I was at the big garden on Monday and it was very nice. By the Thursday the colour was even more intense. Then came a nice bit of frost, wind and rain (back to normal, in other words). And so the leaves are everywhere. Being from the eastern United States ... Read more about Going, going… Gone!