'Tickle the earth with a hoe", someone once wrote," and it will laugh a harvest'. Talented 'ticklers' in Ireland range from the town dweller to the country gardener, the schoolchild to the pensioner. What they have in common is a love of growing their own food. Their gardens are an inspiration on how best to grow your own. Some successes are against the odds, as with 8-Square-Metres blogger, Adam Bermingham, and a wonderful school garden in Dublin's Donaghmede. For Cork grandmother and allotment-holder, Peggy Murray, GYO is a family activity, while a sense of community drives a thriving garden in Bundoran. For politician, Trevor Sargent, his town garden is a way of leading by example.
Others featured are Michael and Ethna Viney; internationally-respected vegetable expert and author Joy Larkcom; OPW gardeners Brian Quinn and Meeda Downey from the weekly column in The Irish Times; organic market gardener Jim Cronin in Clare; author and professional gardener Klaus Laitenberger; Michael Kelly of GIY Ireland; Madeline McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds; Tanguy and Isabelle de Toulgot of Dunmore Country School; and champion of local produce and Michelin-starred chef, Martijn Kajuiter of Cliffhouse Hotel.
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Date of Publication: 09/08/2012