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Harvesting Peas

At last the time has come for my favourite job in the garden  –  harvesting peas. Did I mention I love peas? Actually, I might have mentioned planting peas in raised beds here and I might have talked about growing peas here. At the moment I have more of a mouthful than a pan-full but I […]

RAGWORT

A MARE’S WHAT? Part of this coming bank holiday weekend is going to be dedicated to a certain Ragwort; AKA St. James-wort, Ragweed, Stinking Nanny/Ninny/Willy, Staggerwort, Dog Standard, Cankerwort, Stammerwort, or the equally charming Mare’s Fart. Here and now in Ireland we think of Ragwort as a horrible weed, toxic, allergy causing and a pain in […]

Butterflies in Galway

We haven’t been seeing too many butterflies in Galway this year but I am glad to say that lately they seem to be making a return. I see plenty of them fluttering around the garden but for some strange reason I also seem to be finding a lot of butterflies in the house. The one above […]

GROWING PEAS

I should say something more about peas. If you’re following this you’ll already know I’ve talked about growing peas in raised beds as well.  A friend looked around my garden the other day and asked me if I went to bed dreaming about peas – well no, but I do like them and I suppose […]

Slug and egg

Here we are at July 15th already – we’re in Galway Bay and it hasn’t rained for two whole weeks. If you’ve never been to Galway you won’t know how amazing that is but for those of us who live here it feels like a glorious sunny dream. The weather has been dry and hot […]

Rocks and stones

In my Galway garden there are more rocks and stones than soil. Some people say that during the Celtic Tiger period, soil was taken away from sites and sold, then sold again – back to whoever bought the same house and site a year later! Could this be true? I asked myself… stupidly. Of course […]

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