NEW ‘TREVOR & ÁINE’S KITCHEN GARDEN’ ON 3 ACRES – NEW CHAPTER – 4th Wk in September 2013

After 25 years developing and enjoying ‘Trevor’s Kitchen Garden’ surprising myself how much one can grow in a small space, the time has come to move on. The chance to buy a house on 3 acres has come up in Tacumshin, County Wexford between the birdwatching ‘Mecca’ of Tacumshin Lake and Lady’s Island Lake. The puffin paradise of the Saltee Islands is visible from the house as are the wind turbines of Carnsore Point. The 3 acres has some hedgerow and trees planted but the rest was rough grazing, with no chemical inputs for years, if ever.

The challenge for Áine and myself is to transform this ‘blank canvas’ into a diverse organic horticultural holding. There are already some old apple, pear, plum and quince trees planted

After all these years, the solitary  organic James Grieve apple tree has generously yielded a tasty crop every year without fail.

After all these years, the solitary organic James Grieve apple tree continues to generously yield a tasty crop every year without fail. Picture courtesy of Richard Johnston Photographer

so we are not starting from the beginning entirely.

To buy this house and smallholding in Tacumshin means unfortunately selling the original ‘Trevor’s Kitchen Garden’ to pay the bills. Anyone interested in buying a handy house, close to train, bus, schools, library, shops etc .? You can be fed from the uniquely certified organic garden and heated by a wood stove and solar panels, topped up in winter by natural gas heating?

Meanwhile, one of the two greenhouses in the garden is coming to Tacumshin. Next week I’ll blog about the challenges of dismantling the  glass and metal frame and erecting the Fingal Greens’ famous greenhouse nearby. With protected cropping, even on a small scale, we should have fresh oriental greens and salads for our first winter in the ‘sunny south-east’.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. A big welcome to the South East Trevor and Aine,
    lovely news but sure you will be missed in Fingal too
    If you need any advice of tree planting let me know, we get 70 tonnes of firewood from our 2.5 acres, would complement the orchard and veggie patch

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    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on October 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Hi Cathy,

      Lovely to hear from you. We have plans for a forest garden on part of the 3 acres. Quite a few Monterey Pine already growing tall, which are popular around here as windbreaks. I don’t imagine their logs burn so well, but we will have some pruning to do.

      Look forward to catching up in due course.

      Kind regards,
      Trevor

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  2. Posted by Jennifer Winder-Baggot on October 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Good luck with the new home and garden!

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    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on October 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks for the good wishes, Jennifer. Hope you get to see Tacumshin once we are a bit more organized.

      Slán go foil,

      Trevor

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      • Posted by marcella murphy on October 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

        Making me feel lonely now.Best of luck Trevor and Aine in your new home, I will be visitng the “OLD HOMESTEAD” next few weeks will probably catch u then Ella.

  3. Posted by MARCELLA MURPHY on October 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    HI TREVOR AND AINE, MAKING ME FEEL LONELY NOW WILL BE VISITING ‘;THE OLD HOMESTEAD’ IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS TIME WILL PROBABLY CATCH U THEN BEST OF LUCK MARCELLA (OH SORRY ELLA)

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  4. Posted by Sara Whelan on November 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Trevor, Welcome to Wexford! We made the move about 5 years ago and are delighted with our bit of self-sufficient paradise in Dunmain, south of New Ross. You’d be welcome to visit us or maybe give a talk to our GIY group sometime?
    Sara Whelan & Noel Byrne

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