Planted up a load of hanging baskets today with St Brigids College students in North West Regional College today, used Fuchsias as centrepieces (raised from cuttings taken last summer from other baskets), worked in some slow-release fertiliser and then filled the baskets with Ivy Leaved Geranium, Surfinia, Million Bells, Nepeta, Lysimachia and Trailing Lobelia....a wee water and then hanged them in the polytunnel for a few weeks to fill out a bit before we place them...
adding some more raised beds to the Horticulture area of the North West Regional College today, nice long one 3' wide along the side of the Gillespie Polytunnel , alongside this we're gonna lay a slightly sloping path with paving, allowing for easier access around the tunnel (and the bed stops poking finger!!)
The lads from St Brigids College tackle this kind of job with ease...
This week in St Pauls Slievemore Primary we were busy planting out the raised beds in the new school garden. ever since the kids did a mini workshop with Ian price from Ian Price Design they have been itching to get started on the raised beds they decided they wanted in their new school garden...weell this week was the week!!
lots of chicken manure pelletts added (Knox's Garden Centre do 25kg bags) , then we planted a range of plants from Cornflowers, Night Scented Stock, Salad mix, Marigolds, Peas and more.
The kids were proud as punch with all their work...now heres hoping we get some weather for them to grow now!!
Theres one thing my 2 girls like is bug hunting....anything that moves they want to collect...so Gracie took to the idea of Slug hunting like a duck to water...pointing out any slugs and snails early the other morning for us to gather up and 'rehome'....
a cheap activity...fun for all the family this gardening!!!!
Was down in Lifford the other day and swung into the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre as I went past for a wee butchers....and caught David hard at work in the potting shed. Now its been a while since I've been down, probably since last Autumn so it thought it would be great to get a look-see and see whats been happening...and boy the place has become super productive...I had to drag David away from his hanging basket orders to show me around...
the garden area has become really productive since David, Sheila and the gang took it over, the guys completed a Fetac 3 and Fetac 4 Horticulture programme with me through the Donegal VEC and have went on from strength to strength since, even writing a monthly gardening column in the community centre newsletter!
Just got sent some amazing pictures of Abercorn Estate in BaronsCourt from Martin Duffy, hope you agree they are really wonderful. My thanks to Martin for sharing these photgraphs
There was so much to see on the Bluebell Walk in Barons Court Estate (home to the 5th Duke of Abercorn) that its hard to put it all into context, so here is a collection of photographs taken on the day, from the giant anchor taken from Waterford Harbour, the amazing oak trees and more more more!! enjoy the slideshows below....
the Abercorn Estate is home to this amazing King Oak, with a girth of over 8m!! and these amazing Heritage Trees Cedar of Lebanon, Red Oak, Pedunculate Oak, Roble Beech, Scots Pine,
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keep your eyes peeled for more posts on the Abercorn Estate at Baronscourt
Whilst at the BeechHill Hotel searching for Derrys oldest Oak, I stuck my head into the Walled Garden. Head Gardener Ollie has been a busy man over the Spring, not only has he the place amazingly productive but he's built a new greenhouse and extended the fruit garden....and its not just for show, you can see lots of evidence that chef Barry O'Brien has been busy harvesting away for Ardmore Restaurant in the BeechHill...
our mission this week in St Patricks Primary School, so we went for a ramble (in between the horrendous showers) and gathered up a lovely sample of wildflowers from a few patches of grassland around the school, and the kids enjoyed the patch of sorrel they found.....and munched on for an hour!!
the spotter books and internet came on and they managed to identify 15 types of wildflowers....and one said 'I thought it was grass there'....
The BeechHill hotel was the latest venue for the search for Derrys Oldest Oak Tree....I was joined by the guys from Maybrook Adult Training Centre...and we found a whopper...a seriously big oak which measured 630cm around....now this is the second biggest we've found so far, the 665cm oak in Ardmore House leads the charts so far...
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond