Garden Guru Over Here! JK!

First timer (in Ireland that is)! But, leave it to nature and sha-zam! This mother will grow you some pretty sweet goods.  I started the season with all the fervor and excitement after being held captive by the bleak and blustery winter.  But once the sun came out, I wanted to do as much sightseeing as possible.

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Silver Strand, Malinbeg

Even with minimal effort sans the big digging extravaganza in the beginning, I have been eating fresh spinach, radish, snap peas, Swiss chard and kale for a good bit of the summer along with lots of Guinness because we all need balance right?

I sniffed the garlic and onions in the garden for weeks.  Finally, after 6 months, I have harvested them. Their sweet/pungent/armpitty fragrance slaps you right in the face once you enter the messy storage shed where they will dry out and I’ll eventually braid ’em up.

Once I harvest the rest of the potatoes for storage, I will put my beds to bed for winter and plan for next year.  I hope to share more of my sister’s visit for my next post as she brought with her a week’s worth of Florida sunshine and it was basically phenomenal.

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Isn’t she the sweetest- Tullan Strand

 

 

Gotta Grow Some Taters

I grew up in St.Augustine, FL which is also known as the “Nation’s Oldest City.”  Flat sandy beaches, beautiful bay front views and magical sunsets court the variety of tourists that come from near and far.  But, what some may not know is that further inland, people grow potatoes.  Some of my dearest friends growing up were farmers.  I wanted to further my appreciation for them by trying to do all the preparation, digging, weeding, singing and sowing that goes into food production.

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Ms.Dudley’s favorite first graders, ever.

Since my special delivery of cowshit, onions, garlic and taters are giving way in my little plot.  Swiss chard, perpetual spinach, kale, swedes, basil and thyme are attempting life in the windowsill.  The anxious reality that my onions and garlic won’t be ready until August will be quelled once my leafy things take off.  Well, unless the hares get them first!

“I don’t believe in green thumbs, only brown ones.”-Klaus Laitenberger

Sadly, we often forget all the time and energy that farmer friends dedicate to growing real food.  And instead of giving veg a go, we opt for a grassy lawn overlooking some serious garden potential.  Here’s to sustainable living and super stinky garlic breath!