I've got a fairly big garden which I haven't really done a lot with. This year I am changing that. I already had a small herb garden as well as a couple of berry bushes. I've added to that with a VegTrug herb garden and I'm currently expecting delivery for a VegTrug raised planter. But while you can successfully grow quite a few things outdoors in Ireland there's also a lot … [Read more...] about Time to Get a Greenhouse
The last week or so the weather has been moving in the right direction at last. The days are definitely longer, which in Ireland means that people talk about "the grand stretch". The sky has been lovely and clear some days! So it's only natural that I've started spending a bit more time outside and working on things that will end up outside when the weather improves. … [Read more...] about Getting Back to Outdoor Cooking and Living
Cooking is one of those things I do to keep myself busy. Over the past year it's become a very welcome escape, though at times I realise that I just don't have the motivation to cook and end up taking shortcuts. So yes I do order takeaway from time to time or just have something quick and easy. I've got a growing collection of cookbooks and while I've been cooking long … [Read more...] about Time to Grow my Own Ingredients?
While picking up the odd herb plant in a supermarket can help to add one or two varieties to my herb garden it's not really going to work if I want to really expand the range of herbs I have growing. Supermarkets will generally stock mint, basil and maybe one or two other varieties of herb. They're not going to have a full range of herbs for you to choose from. But a decent … [Read more...] about Doubling the Herb Garden
Last year I started planting a small herb garden. I've no plans to have an elaborate herb garden, but as someone who enjoys cooking I want to have a reasonable selection of commonly used herbs that I can pick (or cut) fresh. I started out last year with some of the more commonly used ones, including thyme, bay leaves and mint. Now, around a year later, I'm adding to that with … [Read more...] about Improving the Herb Garden