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Apple, pear, hawthorn blossoms are all signaling the warming air and soil. The potential for a sting of frost in the air should be gone completely once May is out. In the garden, we’re busy hardening off annual flowers and planting out vegetables we started in modules in the glasshouse.
 
Our little corner of paradise became a busy hotspot during the days coming up to and for the duration of LitFest! What a fantastic festival with a huge number of visitors enjoying the food and hospitality on offer. In the garden, a fantastic circus-style tent hosted ‘rants and raves’ on a range of topics. Rory O’Connell hosted an inspirational discussion about ‘What’s happening in our soil?’ which left us all pondering the future beneath our feet.
 
After the bright lights and late nights of LitFest, the gardeners and garden volunteers took a day trip to June Blake’s amazing garden in Blessington.  June will be speaking at the Ballymaloe Garden Fete on August 22nd and 23rd and shouldn’t be missed!
 
Jobs to be done in May
  • Sow pumpkins, courgettes and squash
  • Sow kales
  • Plant out and net cabbages
  • Plant out annual flowers
  • Let bulbs die back completely

June Blake's Garden in Blessington

Broad Beans

Self-seeded oriental poppies and borage in the herb garden 

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