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Doorus Orchard's Profile

Where I live: Kinvara, Co Galway Member since: September 2008 Last here: 2205 days ago
About my garden: Myself and my husband and 3 children, have been living in Kinvara for 6 years now, in rented accommodation. In 2004 I started up a community garden here in a walled in garden attached to an An Oige Youth Hostel. It can be hard to find an outlet for gardening passions when you are renting!! We lost our deposit on one house because we had planted up the garden, even though I know the next tenant loved the flowers and raspberries!! There are 4 main people involved in the community garden with plenty of helpers on our workdays!! Anna Jeffrey and myself, teach gardening classes trying to get as many people as possible to grow some of their own food. Anna also took all the lovely photos on this profile. She's a very experienced gardener and has an organic farm in kinvara. Sionaid does our admin, and Roger is our apple tree expert having worked on commercial orchards in the past We got Heritage Council of Ireland funding to replant the garden, we got together with the Irish Seed Savers, a
More about me: I got interested in gardening in my teens. After school I studied for a year at Otley College in Suffolk. There I did an NCH in Commercial Organic Horticulture. Then I got a job on a farm in West cork, I worked there for 2 years, growing field scale veg as well as tunnels, pigs, goats, and sheep. We also made cheese. All organically of course! I moved to Italy for two years, and worked there on an organic vineyard and olive farm, and had an allotment. We then came back to Galway, my home county.
Newly restored gate dated 1800 Tour Doorus Orchard's Garden

Doorus Orchard's Journal

Recently in my garden...

Winter preparations and this years calendar
07 November 2011 18:54:49
November 2011- Oh what a mess the garden is in!!! Somewhere between the cold summer and the wet aut...

September 2012- Heritage apples
12 September 2011 13:39:29
What a summer!!!!I found it very hard to keep the spirits up this summer. The grey clouds were ever...

May 2011
01 June 2011 09:50:47
Well what a busy spring.  And how strange, May weather in April and April weather in May. ...

Spring 2011
04 April 2011 10:54:24
What a great fortnight of weather we've just had! I have all my spuds in and those at the local pri...

January 2011
08 January 2011 22:17:40
And the cold just goes on and on!! I've no sweet peas sown, no salads started, no early potatoes in...

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