Greenfingers Day 2017….

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Greenfingers Day 2017

Don’t Forget People

On Saturday 8th April we once again celebrate gardeners in their gardens, with the 2nd International Greenfingers Day.

A day to sow up a pot, and plant something on your plot, and to gift someone some seed and encourage them to grow their own; a day to celebrate those who are willing to get their hands dirty

A simple little idea we sowed last year,,, Greenfingers Day..

Six Years a Growing: get the picture?

On this day 6 years ago, Mrs Dirt-digger was one of the first plot holders to turn a sod in the then newly opened walled garden allotments in St Anne’s Park in Dublin. We took possession of our keys on 3rd July that year, and sooner than attempt a verbose essay on our experiences during that six year period, we’ve decided to post a little photo journey of our challenges and achievements to date, and over the coming days we’ll update the scrapbook with more images…

So, day 1, July 2010…

Day Number 1
The 1st day 2010
Day 1
plot 77; our original small holding
November 2012
Our new plot in November 2012
plot 49
We took charge of an overgrown corner on Nov. 1st 2012
the first mecnanical
The Monster’s new name tag; summer 2013
Plot 49 with summer colour
Plot 49 with summer colour
The "beamer" on plot 49
The “beamer” on plot 49
The Monster's Gift
some summer harvest from The Monster’s Mouth in summer 2013
The ladies left the hive and set up shop on our beam bench…
Drying the onions July 2014
Drying the onions July 2014
curing the shallots july 2014
curing the shallots July 2014
Basil and Tomato plants in the polytunnel
Basil and Tomato plants in the polytunnel
Summer time flush on plot 49...2015
Summer time flush on plot 49…2015
early summer on the monster in the corner
Early summer on the monster in the corner…
May 2016
Mrs Dirtdigger on the Monster May 2016
Dimpled Golfus...
Time to Tag with the balls…
June 2016 on Plot 49
one small corner of the plot that is the Monster…June 2016
most photos courtesy Janette


Two Days To Greenfingers Day

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Today being the last day of March means there are now only two days remaining till we celebrate the 1st ever International Greenfingers Day (Gardeners in their Garden Day).

It will be a day for celebrating gardeners in their gardens, everywhere; in every town and county of every country and continent. Gardeners are those who toil tirelessly at greening our world and filling our lives with seasonal colour, and though there are many great gardening shows and festivals celebrated across the globe each year, there was no one day set aside to acknowledge and celebrate those who actually work throughout the year at providing the splendour we all admire.
It’s not meant to be a day for big token displays. Here in the northern hemisphere it is being celebrated right at the beginning of things, while gardeners are busy with the day to day hands-on of spring sowing, and as such won’t mind getting hands dirty.
In southern climes it is falling at harvest, a time to perhaps to reflect on the garden’s bounty and also on what has been achieved in the last year, but here also some bulbs for next year’s blooms can be planted simply to mark the occasion of the day.
What is suggested is that all gardeners everywhere sow and/or plant some small token of trust in nature on this day, the first Saturday of April each year ( this year being Saturday 2nd April 2016) except when that day falls on April 1st, and then it will be celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of that year and on all such years when April 1st happens on a Saturday .

Perhaps you could buy yourself, or the gardener in your life a small packet of seed to sow on the day; then take a picture, a sowing selfie so to speak, and when nature has played her part and your hope blooms and the promise is fit to harvest in a number of months, take another picture, for posterity if nothing else.
It’s not a day for extravagant power tools and sit-on gifts. It’s not a day for new sheds, new BBQ’s and outdoor summer furniture settings. It’s a day to be marked by some form of sowing and planting on a personal scale: a day to plant a rose bush, or a potted fruit bush; a day to sow some summer salad leaves; a day for beetroot and summer turnip seeds, for cosmos and zinnia seeds, for sunflower and cornflower seeds, a day to sow some seed in the trust that nature will play her part so long as you play yours; a day to buy a small gift of seed to yourself or for someone else and perhaps help get them to grow their own; a day to celebrate all that gardeners do best in their gardens…
If you wish post a comment here on monster in the corner, or a copy of a picture so we may all share in your effort  on instagram       #internationalgreenfingersday

It is but the seed of an idea,..

Trust March to be March

Sowing the seed...
The beginnings of trust… Sowing onion seed.

Trust me; the only way to develop the skills of a gardener is to get out in the garden, and garden.
Read all the horticultural books and manuals you can lay your hands on; renew monthly subscriptions to your favourite magazines and periodicals if you so wish; plough that daily furrow across the World Wide Web as you Google endlessly in the hope of unearthing some old (or new) wisdom that will enable you become a better gardener, but it is worth considering that nothing will be more formative in your quest than to feel the soil in your hands and the air in your face as you cultivate the dream in your head.
Trust in Nature and your part in its scheme. Trust March to be March, and trust April’s showers. Trust summer’s sun and trust winter’s snow. Trust all that you know, and that you don’t know. Trust the instructions on the packet and what it says on the tin. Trust in past experiences and future dreams. Trust old wives tales and harsh realities. Trust that the seeds you sow will grow. Trust all the mistakes you’re likely to make, and learn to return the trust which fashions us out of the universe’s dust, and trust me, the only way to become a better gardener is to get out into your garden and learn to trust yourself.

the world is made of faith and trust and pixie dust…J.M. Barrie Peter Pan