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Where I live: KILMOVEE, Co Mayo Member since: September 2008 Last here: 1176 days 13 hours ago
About my garden: With my partner Hanna Tuuri, we are trying to tame1 acre of Co. Mayo wilderness. We are trying to work with mother nature. Having learnt that all out war is not the answer, we respect dame nature and try to negotiate with her. We wish that she would control her army of slugs though. We have some acid soil, some alkaline. Parts are well drained, others marshy. For the last three years we have been growing unusual trees and shrubs from seed to plant out. I have a special interest in unusual edible berries. Our raised vegetable beds are looking good and working well. Our tunnel is packed to capacity with young plants that we propagate from seeds and cuttings, some nice unusual plants especially seeds of trees and shrubs that we ordered from Canadian seed suppliers last year.
More about me: I started gardening when I was seven, that is when I remember sowing my first seeds. The plastic pot that held the soil from the garden was a dull reddish brown, I sowed apple pips from a ‘Golden Delicious’. I watered them and watched for them to grow everyday for the first few weeks. My enthusiasm probably drifted to more important things such as LEGO construction while my mother looked after my pot of seeds. One day she showed me the new shoots of an apple tree peeping out from the pot. The green growth became a brown stem, it was planted in the garden beside the sunny patio. Since then I have always gardened and wanted to work with plants. I write articles and supply photographs for a number of Irish magazines including THE IRISH GARDEN.
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