CUIDIÚ & RUSH, SKERRIES, MALAHIDE & SWORDS GIYers SQUEEZE IN TO THE GARDEN – 2nd wk in June 2013

Some of the eclectic family gardeners, allotmenteers & GIYers who dropped in on Trevor's Kitchen Garden recently.

Some of the eclectic family gardeners, allotmenteers & GIYers who dropped in on Trevor’s Kitchen Garden recently.

There are pros and cons to a small garden when a visit by fellow gardeners takes place. The downside can be congestion, but on a wet evening, the comfort of a cup of tea and the shelter of the kitchen is on the doorstep. Eleonor Turner from Cuidiú, the Malahide based family support group initiated the visit to ‘Trevor’s Kitchen Garden’. Soon word got around and a few GIY groups heard about the appointment. In the end the group was quite cosmopolitan, but all Fingal based.

It was a win win for me as I could offload some spare everlasting cabbage cuttings and black peppermint plants, so my very friendly guests went home happy. I was grateful for a gift of a jar of plum jam and some currant buns to go with my couple of pots of hot tea and coffee. I also gleaned some advice on how not to propagate aloe vera. It is really a house plant in Ireland and is not happy in direct sunlight. This might explain why it died in my greenhouse! You live and learn. Having visitors drop in to the garden is an enjoyable way of picking up tips in return for giving away cuttings.

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