Grow | A Botanical Adventure

Welcome to March on the blog and the start of Get Up and Grow campagain. It has been a little quiet around here and let me tell you why….


I have been trying to record the March and April sections of the podcast so that I can cover Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the MKAL. So, within 1 week there has been 5 recordings and I still have a few to go but last Saturday was very special. In the middle of those high winds and rainy days last week, I got to visit the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and have a chat with two wonderful people, who? Well read on:

As well as recording, I got to explore the gardens in February including the renovated conservatories and the walled gardens. I love peeking at other gardens to see what has done well and in this case, the kitchen garden with their bee hives and square foot planting was worth the visit in itself! I was blown away by the size of their leeks, spinach and chard and by how carefully they had planted everything! It has been a few years since my last visit and they have finished the beautiful Viking hut above.


As the rain moved in it was time to settle into one of the conservatories for the first interview with Peter Donegan from The Sod Show. I have been a long time listener to Peter’s garden podcast, so you can imagine just how nervous I was to chat with someone so knowledgeable about Irish horticulture along with being an established podcaster on top of that! Peter also runs Donegan Landscaping which he set up in 2001 at a young age of 24. When I asked Peter what his favourite garden was to work on in his varied career, he thought about it before his eyes lit up with the answer of the 17th Century gardens. This was the second live interview I have ever done, the first being Woollywormhead in episode 3 of the podcast and I love being able to watch the responses to the questions being asked. I hope you enjoy this podcast when it airs later in March.




After a much-needed coffee and a chat about the Botanic Gardens, I got to chat with the wonderful Fiona Kelly from Fiona Grows Food about all of her latest adventures in the Malahide Allotments, writing and workshops with GIY and a secret that we won’t divulge until the podcast airs. Fiona also has some tips for those of you wanting to start your food growing this year, be it in containers, raised beds, allotments or windowsills this episode should have you taking part in our #GetUpandGrow campaign.





The podcast also has some very special craft guests but I’m saving that for a whole post to itself. If you would like to keep u to date with everything happening around here you can subscribe to our monthly newsletter and pick up some hand discounts too!  Are you excited to get outside and grow your own food or dig a new flower bed this season? What are your plans for 2017 in the garden? Let me know in the comments.





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