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Gardening with Anne McKeon

 

I am quite sure that many of you have never gardened before and are coping at present with a new house, new garden project. Frightening I know but never fear, Anne is here! Seriously though, remember that gardening should be a hobby not a chore! On the other-hand many of you are no doubt gardening for years and want to pick up some new tips.

 

The importance of planning your garden can never be  overstated. Be it a large garden, pocket handkerchief or just a  flower bed, it is vital that some thought and forward planning be  put into the project. The hardest part (but by far one of the  most fun parts) of gardening can often be the planning process  rather than the actual digging.

 

Avoid impulse gardening because though it can be fun is often a wasted exercise. Think before you buy and think before you dig.

 

Of late our weather has been far from seasonal so I would  suggest that  you plan for all year round colour, especially for times of the year when you are free to enjoy your garden. When the weather is bad I know that it is hard to get enthusiastic about the garden but it is still possible to bring colour into your garden. Use the wet days to become an armchair gardener and the fine days to do the physical work. Armchair Gardening may seem like the lazy mans excuse but in fact it is a vital exercise. All just part of The Plan.

 

Maintain nice existing features eg. mature trees, rocks etc. In the not too distant past people paid big money to have rocks removed from their garden. Now they are paying to have rocks brought back in.

 

Gardening is not just about plants. Consider suitable locations  for the dreaded washing line, garden shed, bins, fuel tanks etc. They should be easy to access yet out of sight. When planning their location in the garden be practical. You don’t want to have to travel the countryside just to bring in the washing in a rain shower or have to battle wet grass in order to get to the coal bunker.

 

Exposed positions require shelter. Remember that in coastal areas ‘if you can see the sea the sea can see you’.

 

Avoid bad drainage. It is important to rectify the problem before  planting. You do not want to give your plants swimming lessons.

 

Colour is very much a personal taste but try to compliment the  natural landscape when selecting plants and materials.

 

There is so much to learn about gardening but if you start small be aware of your surroundings and above all be patient you will  succeed and I will be there to guide you all the way.

 

Be adventurous. Give the neighbours something to talk about. Start your own garden fashion.

 

 

 

Happy Gardening!

Anne.

 

 

Anne McKeon of Gum Dearg Teoranta,

Buaile Beag, Bearna, Galway operates a Garden Design & Advisory Service. Anne presents a gardening spot on Galway Bay FM radio every second Thursday morning at 10.50am approx. and writes gardening articles for various publications. To date Anne has also written two gardening books, one for adult beginner gardeners (Don’t Forget Your Shovel) and one for children (Green Acres – Hobby Gardening For Children).

 

Phone: – (091) 521186 (office)

                  087 1441623 (mobile)

  1. Mail. annemckeon@eircom.net

 

Facebook:- Anne McKeon

 

I am quite sure that many of you have never gardened before and are coping at present with a new house, new garden project. Frightening I know but never fear, Anne is here! Seriously though, remember that gardening should be a hobby not a chore! On the other-hand many of you are no doubt gardening for years and want to pick up some new tips.

 

The importance of planning your garden can never be  overstated. Be it a large garden, pocket handkerchief or just a  flower bed, it is vital that some thought and forward planning be  put into the project. The hardest part (but by far one of the  most fun parts) of gardening can often be the planning process  rather than the actual digging.

 

Avoid impulse gardening because though it can be fun is often a wasted exercise. Think before you buy and think before you dig.

 

Of late our weather has been far from seasonal so I would  suggest that  you plan for all year round colour, especially for times of the year when you are free to enjoy your garden. When the weather is bad I know that it is hard to get enthusiastic about the garden but it is still possible to bring colour into your garden. Use the wet days to become an armchair gardener and the fine days to do the physical work. Armchair Gardening may seem like the lazy mans excuse but in fact it is a vital exercise. All just part of The Plan.

 

Maintain nice existing features eg. mature trees, rocks etc. In the not too distant past people paid big money to have rocks removed from their garden. Now they are paying to have rocks brought back in.

 

Gardening is not just about plants. Consider suitable locations  for the dreaded washing line, garden shed, bins, fuel tanks etc. They should be easy to access yet out of sight. When planning their location in the garden be practical. You don’t want to have to travel the countryside just to bring in the washing in a rain shower or have to battle wet grass in order to get to the coal bunker.

 

Exposed positions require shelter. Remember that in coastal areas ‘if you can see the sea the sea can see you’.

 

Avoid bad drainage. It is important to rectify the problem before  planting. You do not want to give your plants swimming lessons.

 

Colour is very much a personal taste but try to compliment the  natural landscape when selecting plants and materials.

 

There is so much to learn about gardening but if you start small be aware of your surroundings and above all be patient you will  succeed and I will be there to guide you all the way.

 

Be adventurous. Give the neighbours something to talk about. Start your own garden fashion.

 

 

Happy Gardening!

Anne.

 

 

Anne McKeon of Gum Dearg Teoranta,

Buaile Beag, Bearna, Galway operates a Garden Design & Advisory Service. Anne presents a gardening spot on Galway Bay FM radio every second Thursday morning at 10.50am approx. and writes gardening articles for various publications. To date Anne has also written two gardening books, one for adult beginner gardeners (Don’t Forget Your Shovel) and one for children (Green Acres – Hobby Gardening For Children).

 

Phone: – (091) 521186 (office)

                  087 1441623 (mobile)

  1. Mail. annemckeon@eircom.net

 

Facebook:- Anne McKeon