Green is good: Growing with your garden

Keeping a gardening journal proved to be one the most useful habits I picked up last year. I was more diligent in my growing exploits than the previous year, though I still had (and have) much to learn.

16th April, 2011

I quickly became hooked on gardening blogs, and had frequent chats with garden shop employees around Dublin.

I also fell under the spell of beautifully photographed seed catalogues and exotic warm weather magazine shoots, meaning I felt I could take on the world, and every tropical plant therein. What I ended up with was a bunch of failed seedlings, a handful of minuscule ‘beefsteak’ tomatoes and a lot of disappointment. My hydrangea was overrun with...

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