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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 […]

Stoney Grey Soil

STONEY GREY SOIL BY PATRICK KAVANAGH * O stony grey soil of Monaghan The laugh from my love you thieved; You took the gay child of my passion And gave me your clod-conceived. . You clogged the feet of my boyhood And I believed that my stumble Had the poise and stride of Apollo And […]

Slugs don’t like beer

 Slugs 10 – Beer 0 Remember last weeks post when I was happily planning how to get rid of slugs? Well, you heard it from me. I have caught not a single slug with my carefully laid out beer traps. Is it the wrong beer? Don’t those fussy little slugs like cheap Lidl lager? What do they […]

The War On Weeds

Ask any gardener and they will probably tell you that when it comes to fighting the war on weeds, you might win a few battles here and there, but weeds are a formidable foe. The front will keep moving around the garden and you will never, ever win the war. Most gardeners never stop trying […]

THE WILDFLOWER MEADOW THAT WASN’T

WILDFLOWER MEADOW In my first post about my barren, Burren wildflower meadow I mentioned my disappointment at the lack of growth in the flower department, the speedy growth in the weed department and the lack of any replies in the email department from Gerry, the professional and ‘passionate about gardening’ gardener who prepared the ground […]

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