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Sowing the Seed

18 January 2018 17:49:58

Well, at last, a bit later than other years, the first of the seeds went down, indoor of course. I had Tomato seed for a while and plenty of trays but needed some compost. Yesterday I bought the compost and to day, the seed was sown. The variety I used was Alicante. I have found that variety very suitable. Alicante is not subject to some diseases that would be applied to others and also there is a good flavour from the fruits. The tray with seeds and compost are in the hot press as the germination takes place quickly. I will get at  some other seeds later such as Antirrhinum while others will wait until February or perhaps March. PCON asked me after I had bought the tomato seed why I was so late. I admit I have been late but better late than never.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 January 2018 20:26:25

Hardly late, Dick! Most of us are only starting to THINK about getting some seeds!!!!!

Scrubber Scrubber 18 January 2018 20:42:39

Agreed Dick! hazel is so right. You are WAY ahead of the posse!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 January 2018 20:51:19

Whether or not you're late this year, you will ALWAYS be first here on this site to start the sowing season off. No point in wishing you luck, Dick. Yours will do great, as usual.

JoanG JoanG 18 January 2018 21:19:55

Best of luck with them Dick, you're well ahead of the rest of us. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 January 2018 22:45:57

With the cold weather you are well ahead of all of us. Alicante is one of my favourite varieties. I showed sweet pea seeds this week.

Dick Dick 19 January 2018 08:34:32

As in other years, I put the seed tray into the hot press and they will germinate there  whatever it is like outside.

The Ins and Outs of Gardening

16 January 2018 12:56:57

Yesterday, I had planned to do a good job as regards pruning the roses. In the early afternoon it seemed good so out went Dick with his secateurs. Things looked good for a while, then came a shower, so in went Dick. Some time after, it had improved so out I went and got some more pruning done and it seemed that all would be right. Then I had to retire from the work as precipitation was taking place again, so I decided to abandon the pruning. I finished with about 12 roses pruned and remember I have over 100 and the weather does not seem good for some time.

rhody rhody 16 January 2018 18:00:01

You had rain and we had snow, its hard to win with the weather. But you have plenty of time yet for the pruning. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 16 January 2018 18:02:05

Dreadful weather for gardening for the last few weeks. Paddy did manage to prune our roses on Sunday and like you in and out between the showers. My time these days are spent in the glasshouse clearing away an old leaves and watering an odd few plants, mostly tender spring bulbs. I did sow seeds of sweet pea on Sunday to replace the autunm sown seeds that failed. The ground is very wet to do much outside.

Scrubber Scrubber 16 January 2018 18:51:32

Must do my roses dick when this cold spell goes Dick. Thanks for the reminder! Out and in again amused me but I recognised it!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 January 2018 19:03:58

Sit back and relax until the weather improves, Dick. 100 Roses is an awful lot to do.

Moya Moya 16 January 2018 19:34:55

At least you got some done Dick. I don't think I'll be getting out much for the foreseeable future but you never know. I have to do that out and in dance regularly!!!

JoanG JoanG 16 January 2018 20:23:00

Certainly no roses pruned here yet, not that I have many.  Well done to get a start, Dick.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 January 2018 20:28:09

That "in and out" gardening is very familiar! Just be careful and make sure you wrap up warm, Dick!

Dick Dick 16 January 2018 22:36:19

Rhody, you may have been referring to to day's weather. We had snow to day  and of course no work done outside. Jacinta, I will have to relax. Hazel, I am very conscious of what we would have on a day like to day and any other really cold day. Mary, how mant roses did Paddy prune? Scrubber, Moya and Joan, thanks for your comments.

Jackie Jackie 17 January 2018 07:12:50

Ah yes that old dance lol

I spent some time in the greenhouse sorting out the plants I got from swaps and some I bought. I even managed to chop one or two that I have to make extra plants, so I was happy. Four seasons all came while I was in there but it was lovely to get the dirt under the old fingernails again. Snowed heavy here last night so no gardening today!!

Life Back in the Garden in January

11 January 2018 15:20:29

We usually think of January, as the cold month. However we see life coming back in the first month of the year. Recently, as every year I have noticed plants showing flowers. We usually think of the snowdrops but also we see flowering types of shrub like Jasmine and Viburnum and there are others. I have noticed these in my garden and of course they are not affected by the low temperatures. Perhaps it is due to the fact that the days are getting longer. Around January 6 we often speak of the cock step meaning that we now notice the increase in the length of the days. The heathers which will do well in the limestone soils as is the case around Carlow, this area, and many other parts of the country, Erica in other words, are thriving and of course the Hellebores. So we may say the spring is on the way. I have bought my first packet of Tomato seeds and they should be sown very soon.

PCON PCON 11 January 2018 16:46:04

You are a bit late, Dick. Don't you usually start tomatoes on January 1st? But knowing you, and all your tricks, I'm sure you will soon catch up. Hope you are keeping well.

Dick Dick 11 January 2018 18:01:04

Still Peter, I think I am ahead of the others.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 January 2018 18:46:42

Viburnums are beautiful at this time of year. Paddy was on the road to Dublin today, Dick and he had to turn back in Kilkenny as the fog was so bad, so it must have been dreadful around Carlow.

Dick Dick 11 January 2018 19:22:23

Sorry to hear this, Mary. Ii was driving between 9 and 10a.m. and it wasn't bad. I live about 2 miles from the centre of the town, near the Dublin Road. I didn't approach the town later on. I would say that along the Barrow, it would be bad. i didn't spend much time outside, just enough to take the photos and feed the robin. He comes along when he sees me.

Jackie Jackie 11 January 2018 19:38:33

Fog very bad here today since about 3pm and worse now as it got dark!

I love January Dick , New year and everything starting off again. So Im hoping the evening will stretch out real soon again!!

Dick Dick 11 January 2018 22:46:28

True Jackie, of course the roses are difficult to find but this is thetime when I begin the pruning. It is also the time when we think of growing plants indoor from seed.

Happy New Year to All in Garden.ie

31 December 2017 19:31:32

I wish you all a very happy New year and plenty of good gardening. I wonder where everyone is gone. I got the January issue of the Irish Garden when I got back  from Dublin on Friday. It was interesting to see the article about Cormac's garden. One would hardlyfeel that such plants as his would grow in Ireland and yet he was able to grow them in one of the most northerly counties.  I spent a week in my sister's house, near Clonee on the Dublin Meath border. There was plenty to be done when I got home. I would say that my friend the robin was so pleased that I got back. One of the first things i plan is to get some tomato seed and get it sown. Another, provided the weather is good is to prune the roses.

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 31 December 2017 20:27:27

Always good to get home . Many happy returns from Tipperary . 

Dick Dick 31 December 2017 21:00:43

The same to you Declan.

fraoch fraoch 31 December 2017 22:38:59

Many happy returns, Dick! Here’s to many hours of happy gardening.

Dick Dick 01 January 2018 11:18:50

The same to you Heather. I am not gardening but watching the concert from Vienna which I enjoy every New Year.

Jackie Jackie 01 January 2018 11:30:53

Many Happy Returns Dick 

JoanG JoanG 01 January 2018 18:41:14

Happy New Year to you, Dick, looks like you're going to get an early start to the new gardening year. 

Joann Joann 02 January 2018 13:38:54

Many happy returns Dick, I hope its a healthy and happy year for you. I am hoping for a dry spell soon myself, lots of rose pruning to be done here too

Dick Dick 02 January 2018 17:31:12

Thank you all, Jackie, Joan and Joann, I have done very little with the roses. I finished pruning one bush but there are over 100 there. It's raining to day although fairly mild but as a result of the rain no work done outside. The forecast tells us that it will be mixed. a Happy New Year to you. Johnstown will be out as I don't drive a lot at the moment. I hope you all enjoy it.

PeterW PeterW 02 January 2018 20:51:29

Happy New Year Dick, look forward to hearing your updates on the tomatoes. I never grow them as I dont eat them but i'm always fascinated how early you start yours and how great they do.

Dick Dick 03 January 2018 21:19:42

Not sown yet Peter but shortly Happy New Year.

Scrubber Scrubber 04 January 2018 20:45:07

Happy new year Dick and may it be a fruitful and profitable one! We will have to get Peter W eating tomatoes!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 January 2018 08:52:17

Happy New Year, Dick.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 January 2018 19:10:05

Best wishes for the New Year, Dick. I must tackle the roses as well.

How an Irishman made a lot with a dead donkey

30 December 2017 12:58:37


Young Paddy bought a donkey from a farmer for €100.
The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day. 
The next day he drove up and said, 'Sorry son, 
but I have some bad news. The donkey's died.'
Paddy replied, 'Well then just give me my money back.'
The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I've already spent it.' 
Paddy said, 'OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.'
The farmer asked, 'What are you going to do with him?'
Paddy said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.'
The farmer said, 'You can't raffle a dead donkey!'
Paddy said, 'Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody 
he's dead.'
A month later, the farmer met up with Paddy and asked, 
' What happened with that dead donkey?'
Paddy said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at €2 each 
and made a profit of €898' 
The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?'
Paddy said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him his €2 back.' Paddy now works for the Bank of Ireland
Not my composition . My nephew,John sent it to me by e-mail just before I went to Dublin.


DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 31 December 2017 20:23:50

That’s Economics Dick . Let the buyer beware 

fraoch fraoch 31 December 2017 22:40:48

Nice one!


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