a mediateam website

See a sample issue of The Irish Garden!

Ask Gerry

  1 - 6 of 15 answer(s)


My mint plant has discolouration on the leaves - a beige to light rust colour. What causes this & is it safe to eat the mint. PottyLady, Glenageary, Co Dublin Posted: 21/08/2011


This is probably just the leaves are getting a bit old and hardshipped due to cool weather.

Or they may have mint rust on the backs of the leaves which is a common mint disease that renders it useless.

If this is the case, cut away all foliage to groound level and bury it.


late sowing

what if anything can i plant now as space in garden. I am going to put in some garlic but would like to try maybe something else? goldie, moate, Co Westmeath Posted: 21/08/2011


At tne end of September you can plant out spring cabbage plants.

Set out autumn onion sets.

Sow winter lettuce in a sheltered spot. Sow rocket and oriental greens.


what veg can i sow in polytunnel for winter crops

Just wondering what veg I can now sow in my polytunnel for the winter ??? I would like to grow broccoli, cauliflower, beetroot, peas, carrots, lettuce, rocket, sprouts,-any problem with these ? Rgds John. twigbog, cappoquin, Co Waterford Posted: 11/08/2011


Trylettuce, spring onions, rocket, orental vegetables, radish, white turnip. Cauliflower next month. Carrots too.

Not sprouts, broccoli, peas.


what to plant in my planters

I've planters,round and rectangle type,the plannix range,10ft polys also.their well set up with a good mixture of quality home compost and bought compost along with perlite.what veg could I start or what well started veg could I plant, bought type. I have some courgette, peas, rocket, lettuce, tomatoes all well established. bonefissh, Cregmore, Co Galway Posted: 06/07/2011


The choice of plants you have is good and you can still sow seeds of others, lettuce, rocket, radish and white turnips.

You can buy plants of cabbage and cauliflower for autumn and winter use, but these tend to be bulky and take a lot of space.

More information on vegetables at: http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=345





Garden Advice for the Wicklows

I am writing a short story set in Glendalough. Would you please advise me about what my characters would be planting in a vegetable garden mid-June? I was there once, but never dreamed I'd be writing this story. Trix, West Lafayette, IN, Outside Ireland Posted: 17/05/2011


They might be planting out courgettes and sweet corn, or sowing seeds of lettuce, radish, rocket or coriander.

Or if they were not so modern, perhaps winter cabbage, maincrop carrots or swede turnips.


freezing garden veg

Which garden veg can I freeze for Winter? I grow shallots, onions, peas, broad beans, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, spring onions, pak choi and courgette and leek. sorcha, Letterkenny, Co Donegal Posted: 04/08/2010


Shallots and onions will keep in a dry, cool store. Peas and broad beans can be frozen when fresh. Cabbage is not nromally frozen as it is bulky. Spinach can be frozen, usually alrady cooked. Pak choi is used fresh. Courgettes could be cooked and frozen. Leeks will stand outdoors for winter use. 


Garden.ie Members

Not a member yet?
Join now to:

Join Now

Existing Members

Forgotten password

Garden.ie CLUB

Join Ireland's first online garden club! Share pictures of your garden, make new friends and chat with other gardeners. It's simple to join and free! Register Here

Featured Members

Ask Gerry

Gerry DalyTry our unique advice service from editor Gerry Daly. Got a question right now? Search here to see if it has been answered already:

a mediateam website

©2018 Garden.ie. Mediateam Ltd, Media House, South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18.

Tel (+353 1) 2947777 Email info@garden.ie

Website Design by KCO.ie