Saturday, December 22, 2012

Plotting for Christmas

 I went out to the plot today, it was bleak, windy and wet and I was the only one there! I gathered most of the sprouts and some of our Rosemary.The sprouts were divided up between 3 houses for Christmas dinner and there are still quite a few left on 5 plants that are producing.
Rosemary is going wild as I keep forgetting it is there! Garlic and Rosemary roasties for dinner.
The carrots in the barrel did not make the grade for dinner, lots of green growth but minuscule carrots!I think I should have brought the barrel home to be close to hand for watering regularly.We have a bit  of upheaval coming up with the plot in the New year, explanations later!

 Some Christmas preparation at home, cranberry sauce made last night. I am not a lover of Cranberry sauce on my turkey but like it as more of a chutney!

Christmas cake iced, the 2 halves are D. Michelle's who divides a cake between 2 people who just like a little 'taste' of Christmas cake.The cake was almond iced then cut in 2 halves and iced and wrapped separately

D. Michelle and myself also visited Copenhagan for a Christmas Weekend, it was beautiful! The Danish fairytale capital of Hans Christian Anderson.
I would like to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Gardening Gift

Sometime ago ( about 2 years ago ) I mentioned we had a real live author visit us on the allotment. Fionnuala Fallon is a well known gardening writer who has written a long running gardening column in the Irish Times.The fabulous walled victorian garden in the Ashdown estate in Dublins Phoenix Park  was the subject of the column 'The Urban Farmer'.
Fionnuala has now published her book 'From the Ground Up'.
The book is not your common or garden (excuse the pun) gardening book.There are 15 chapters and each one is a story about a particular gardener(s) growing in a very different environment.
Some have overcome huge problems such as boggy ground, growing near the sea etc.
Most gardening books are a list of what to do and when, this book can be read as a book of short stories, there are gems of information scattered throughout and what you learn along the way can be put to good use whether you have a balcony as in Eight Square Metres where a young couple grow their own on the balcony of their apartment in the middle of Dublin or someone like Madeline McKeever who came to West Cork many years ago to run a small dairy farm but who is now the very successful owner of 'Brown Envelope Seeds' she didn't give up just took a step sideways and carried on.

We are featured on our allotment, there are community gardens, organically certified gardens, two young lads who grow monster pumpkins in Co Leitrim and lots more engrossing stories for gardeners and even someone who just has a window box will find this book enthralling to read from cover to cover or just dip into chapter by chapter over time.
Its a beautifully presented book, hard cover and with lots of photographs as Fionnuala's husband Richard is a professional photographer.Its available to buy in all bookshops and on Amazon.