My greenhouse has proven to be a success overall. I have made plenty of mistakes and I will be adjusting how I do things for next year, though I'm also working on making sure that I make full use of it during the "off" period as well. Over the past few weeks I've been able to harvest a growing number of fruit and vegetable from the greenhouse. Some, like the strawberries, … [Read more...] about Storing and Preserving Surplus Fruit and Vegetables
Growing up in West Clare in the 1970s my grandparents had a fairly big back garden. However they didn't grow much variety of vegetables. I remember them growing potatoes, carrots and rhubarb. They might have grown a couple of other vegetables, but I don't have clear memories of them. As a teenager we used to pick fruit from orchards nearby and my mother used to make all sorts … [Read more...] about Growing my own Vegetables & Fruit is Wonderful
It's been a couple of weeks since the greenhouse was installed. I moved all the various plants I had bought as well as some of the seedlings and other stuff that I was trying to grow into it. I've also been trying to move all gardening gear into either the greenhouse or the shed. There isn't a huge amount of stuff, but it's nice to be able to win back the use of my kitchen … [Read more...] about Greenhouse Progress
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
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?