This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Friday, 12 September 2014

Community Gardening Update

Our 1st season of pears: 4 fruits on this tree.
All is going well at Antrim Castle Gardens and the community growing project involving a group of eager and energetic volunteers (me being one of them!). We're in our 2nd year and we've expanded the areas we maintain and look after. This year we added a heirloom kitchen garden area and another veg growing area. Next year we have plans to develop a cottage garden with a secret path through it that visitors to the public garden can discover and enjoy.
Above: Our new veg growing area had potatoes in it, and now houses swede, leek, kale and lettuces.
Above: The heirloom kitchen garden contains a rang of edibles including herbs and medicinal plants. This is an area in development and its great to learn about new plants.

Above: Of course giant sunflowers are always popular and when working in the gardens its great to hear children exclaim excitement at the sight of the sunflowers.
Above: Some of the flowers in the garden include hydrangea and Salvia Purple Majesty.

Above: The pink snapdragon look striking but require a good lot of deadheading! The greenhouse in the background contains tomatoes, green peppers and cucumber.
Above: Over the weekend the verbena plants were attracting a good supply of butterflies and bees - great to see!

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  1. Your photos look fab, such hard work to keep the garden looking as good as it does.

  2. great work. Lovely greenhouse in the back of the last photo.

  3. The gardens look great. It must be very rewarding to be part of the team that has made them so. I hope you're not neglecting your own garden though!

  4. How beautiful everything there is!! I hope the Antrim Castle people know about your blog....this is very nice publicity for the garden!

  5. It;s beautiful and no-one would guess that it was relatively new,