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Jack17's Profile

Where I live: Raheny, Dublin, Co Dublin Member since: July 2008 Last here: 399 days 15 hours ago
About my garden: My garden is of average size, both sides of which are sheltered by mature shrubs. These are Berberis Darwinii,Escallonia 'apple blossom', Viburnum Tinus, Viburnum Dawn Beauty, a yellow berried Pyracanta and a Cotinus 'Grace', commonly known as the Smoke Bush. These are now mature shrubs and I keep them trimmed to about 3 metres high. Unfortunately, I did not space them out properly so that they have grown into each other to form a hedge on both sides of the garden. The hedges create a shelter belt within which tender plants thrive in all but the heaviest of frosts. Initially, I had to dig over the garden and remove builders rubble from it. Then I sowed seed potatoes having read that this would open up the ground and make it more fertile. The next step was to divide up the garden into (a) a small lawn and (b) a vegetable patch with some fruit bushes, gooseberries, black currants, white currants and loganberries thrown in for good measure. Now they are all gone & the law
More about me: I am a retired Iarnrod Eireann employee and gardening has been my hobby for almost 48 years and I am still learning. My rear garden is facing south east so I have whatever sunshine is available. However there are tall fir trees and a large maple tree, the latter planted by Dublin City Council, shading my garden especially when the sun is low in the sky during late Autumn and Winter. I do not like hanging baskets or outdoor pot plants because of the extra care and attention they need. I tried all of these in the past and the results were not good. More often than not I would forget to water and feed them or they would become infested with green or black flies so, eventually I decided to call it a day and concentrated on my garden. During 2009 my neighbour decided to have most of the Fir trees removed from his garden thereby increasing the amount of sunlight coming to mine.
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