Hey folks hope you guys are keeping well!
It’s been a while since my last post here and I have a good reason: it’s been a busy month for me and I will share now with you guys what I have been up to. So at the end of March I volunteered at the Pearse College open day event about the 1916 commemorations in Dublin and also about what they do in Pearse College of Further Education in which I have been lucky enough to study Horticulture there a couple of years ago, so basically in the event they were show casing some of the courses they hold and what you can learn in the classes, they had stalls where you could learn about the course and even get some quick lessons or retreats such as learning how to make cheese or get a free massage, so among other things we had a show case in which we had on display the herbs and vegetables that we grow in the allotments and also we were giving away free seeds and for the kids some Sun Flowers. I stayed at the Allotment’s stall talking to the public about what we do at the Allotments, which vegetables are in season and so on. It was such a nice day and something to take part in the community, I leave here some pictures of it.
Also in the end of March, more specifically on St Patrick’s day I planted my first crops of onions and potatoes. In Ireland it is traditional and considered good luck to plant your potatoes on Paddy’s day, so I did it as I do every year =) So I planted them in the ground which I have spoken about in my last post where I talked about preparing your seed beds. here are some pictures of it.
After planting them I covered the beds with nets. I like to use gardening MyPecks though any net does the job, you just have to ensure that they are protected from the frost and the birds that for some reason like to take up your seed onions and move them all over the place which can drive a gardener mad after all you hard work and preparation, and most distressing: interrupts the growth of your crops.
So beside all of the madness of the end of March and all this things that I’ve been doing, I also have been working in my poly-tunnel tending to my seedlings and cuttings, potting them onto bigger pots and keeping them well watered and looked after. Even though the weather has not been great things aren’t doing too bad. I also planted Radish, Leaks and Lettuce seed in my little green house that I have in my allotment, and just for the record they are doing well also, as you can see in the pics below my seeds have germinated! Hurray!! So now so far I am just keeping up the good work and looking after my little plants.
So to finish the marathon I went to my local garden center and bought some Pansies and one Thyme plant which I have decided to divide in to three plant which sometimes can work and other times not but always worth a go to multiply your plants. I let you guys now later how they are getting on.
And last but not least yesterday, Sunday, I went to visit Dublin Botanical Gardens where they are holding a Bonsai tree exhibition from Andrew J. Murray’s collection which was beautiful. It is on from Saturday 27th February until Sunday 17th April, it is worth a visit, they have some amazing species of Bonsai trees on Display and I will give you guys only a taste with a couple of pics below because if I posted all of them this post would become a bonsai encyclopedia, lol, if you want to see it all and if you’ve got the chance go to see the exhibition in person.
So that’s basically it as you can see guys it’s been a busy few weeks that’s why I went missing but I hope to return really soon this time. Keep up the great gardening work and feel free to leave comments here in the blog and follow me on my other social medias for more gardening stuff.
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