Eric the gardener – part 2

the garden is flourishing.

it’s kind of cool. you put something very small in the ground and after a while something cool grows out of it. And you don’t even have to do anything for that to happen.

The photos below are a few weeks old now so there’s been a bit more growth since

This is probably my coolest thing. This was originally an old water tank lying out the back of the shed when we moved in. I refashioned it with a couple of holes in the bottom and put a bit of wood across it about 10 inches from the top and filled it with compost.

The wood slipped initially and needed a few screws to hold it in place. It seems to be holding well now but drainage isn’t quite as good as I would have liked.

Spinach on the left and rocket on the right

on the left is the ever rampant mint, which even Phil with a strimmer couldn’t manage to kill when we first moved in.

the green on the right is the flat leaf parsley, though i suspect it’s done too many seasons.

the dead twiggy thing in the middle was a rosemary plant that friends had bought us but didn’t get time to get established before the snow killed it off

the little green shoots are red onions just starting.  i bought these as little tiny onion bulbs or whatever you call them.

these are peas or beans or something. I can’t quite remember which. Definitely something that will need the cane in the photo anyhow

the yellow tulips are lovely, we planted some as bulbs last year and that’s what makes up the strip largely. Left of the shed is all the compost i was trying to make from grass clippings that i forgot to use before planting this year. D’oh…

The “greenhouse” is something I found in my Dad’s workshop that Liz was kind enough to let me steal. It works pretty well considering.

In it are virtually all tomatoes. They were started indoors under the kitchen table but seem to be coping ok now that they’re outside

There’s some basil and coriander in the polystyrene at the top right. I just repotted them today and i think i left it a bit late, the rootlets were starting to dig into the polystyrene.

The tomatoes need thinned out a bit too i think.

Oh and the green thing at the bottom is mainly chives with some severely struggling oregano in there too.

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3 Responses to “Eric the gardener – part 2”


  1. 1 canalways May 1, 2011 at 12:50 am

    awwwww man……your wee rosemary bush went the same was as mine then. Dead from hypothermia. Also I’m a bit envious of your shed down the garden,its a nice colour of blue.

  2. 2 meinmysmallcorner May 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    ok I SUCK as a steward of the earth. At least a month ago I planted LOADS of mint seeds and so far I have two scraggly tiny two-leafed stalks which Stacey says are weeds.

    Nice of you to flaunt your success to us all.

    Poof. 😛

  3. 3 Nelly And I May 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Mr Ways – I have some more rosemary planted from seed, so I hope to have a few seedlings to plant out proper after that, if you’re down in Maynooth I’m sure I could spare you one!

    The shed is cracking, it’s a bit more green than blue in real life. It’s falling to pieces a wee bit but it keeps the rain off

    Small Corner – you suck in lots more ways than just a steward of the earth…

    I think we have some kind of wild mint on steroids, we can’t seem to be rid of the damn stuff.

    And never mind your moaning, you live in a country that grows decent wine!


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