for the move...
In the back garden i have 3 blueberry bushes, which look amazing in the autumn time with their bright red autumn leaves....but there a bit too close to some other plants, so there on the move...now is a great time to more plants in the garden, the growth of the plants is slowed down and its still warm enough for them to put on some new root growth before the hardest part of the winter. Blueberries are easy to move becuase they have a smallish root system so pop out the ground handy enough
beds in place in lower laneway
Great project with Galliagh Womens Centre and Off the Streets to close off a problem laneway and build planter boxes in it for local residents to use.....
It was wet, it was cold but the young guys from Off the Streets came out in force to help move 18 tonnes of soil and build the beds...heres a few pics from the day
St Terese Primary School in lenamore was the latest group to join in with the 10000 daffodil bulb target, a class from every year group took part and we managed to plant 1000 on the school grounds, with a large clump planted outside each classroom window....the kids are in for a real treat come the Spring time. Pictured is Mr McClaffertys class....who excelled at the task and planted hundreds!!
the plant which inspired the famous story 'Rapunzel' - Rampion, a small slender rooted Biennial....well worth an autumn sowing if you've some space, should be ready to harvest about mid june...something very different....a sweet parsnip combined with a parsley taste...available from http://www.originaltouch.co.uk/
If you don't have a space ready for Garlic in the garden yet, the best thing you can do is get hem started off in small pots, just split your bulbs and plant the cloves into pots which have been prefilled with a mix of multi-purpose compost, and some vermiculite if you have it (you'll get bags of this in any garden centre), the cloves will be happy enough in these pots for the next few months until you have a site ready. The pots can be placed outside or left in a coldframe or unheated greenhouse...
old garden gate
Sunday saw us take a stroll aroudn the house, gardens, riverfront, woodland and Marine Base of Ashbrook House in Ardmore...the weather was pure murder, lashing rain most of our time there but the site was fierce interesting....lots to see, some spectacular trees, bushes, foliage and the house itself is just steeped in history....the generosity of our host was brilliant and the craic amongst the group made the near 4 hours fly by...here's some of my pics from the day...
chinese artifacts decorate the hall
Ashbrook is a fantastic place....a private family home which just oozes history....a must for anyone who's into historical houses, ancient woodlands and a great day out....join Ashbrook on Facebook here
Big worry about this horrendous Chalara dieback on ash trees....would be mega bad news for ulster especially as many tenant farmers ahd to plant ash at regular intervals in hedgerows here so our density of ash trees is much higher than other parts of the UK
follow this link for the Forestry Commission website which has pics etc on how to spot it and info about it
If you'd like to take part in a guided mushroom forage then please leave a comment below and once I have 10-13 people we'll get another date and time together, next venue will be Ards friary.....On the tour you will, hopefully, be able to identify and harvest edible wild mushrooms, learn abotu their growing habits, learn about how to harvest and conserve stocks, and at the end of it you will be much more confident in your identification of and harvesting of edible wild mushrooms....
this weekend we had another super mushroom forage event, under the guidance of master mushroom forager Colin Peck from Prehen House, we took to the forests of county Derry and came up trumphs again, with some new patches of terrific edible mushrooms.....thanks to all who came well dressed up for the chilly day and hopefully you create something amazing with your bounty!
**DO NOT PICK AND EAT MUSHROOMS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING!**
getting tore in
This week we started a series of 4 container planting workshops in the Ballymagroary Community Centre, organised by the Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Community Area Partnerhsip (BHCAP) these 4 sessions are all due to the fantastic success of the community garden there, each session involves 12 people making up and then taking a planter home with them....all for £2 a head...
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond