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Pat Burke , PdeB Back Garden (ILCW)

Styles: Suburban, Allotment or vegetable plot

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

A suburban garden, but rather larger than might be expected at approx 30 x 80 feet (rear). My focus recently has been rockery & raised beds. Most are easy-care, with membrane & gravel for weed-free care. Also 2 very satisfying raised vegetable beds, constructed to allow me grow some food into my old age.

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Pat Burke

Pat Burke

About me
I am retired, and approaching full-time unpaid self-employment as head-gardener at My Back Garden in SE Ireland. Additionally, whenever there's time to fill I like to change topic to one of: long-distance cycling, photography, digital junkie or writer. Combining the photography and writing about my garden is a therapy no medicine can equal. I am blogging some of my experiences at Petals by Paraig (Paraig being Gaelic Pat) If you go there, I'll be there too! I generally try to follow garden bloggers who follow me. Evening reading! Twitter: Not a fan of hoovering, negative grumps, bread or small dogs that chase cyclists. Most other stuff is ok. Instagram @petalsbyparaig Finally, FB Garden Bloggers group keeps me in touch with so many like-minded garden bloggers. Surely, there's another garden & cycling enthusiast here on Shoot? Now that's a recipe for a cycling trip to your garden.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
1. I think I've future-proofed my garden. Lots of raised beds and weed-supressing tactics. 2. Also very satisfied with my developing propagating skills. 3. Finally, a Shoot account that helps knit it all together.

Biggest gardening frustrations
1. Having had to put my hobby on hold for over 10 years while work and family took precedence 2. Recurring planting of unsuitable plants. 3. Probably a few more around the corner, but above are now rectified.

The gardening project I am currently working on
November 2016: Just completed the FINAL construction job. A seating area that catches late evening sun. The planting of this and accessorising will be my winter homework. Down the line: so many ideas. Most likely to get to the top of my working list is to support (nag) my local council to complete the arrangements for our first Allotment.

On the web
Blog: www.petalsbyparaig.blogspot.com
Twitter: @petalsbyparaig
Facebook: www.facebook.com/patburke1307

Pat Burke 's forum posts

Re: Question about Vinca minor 'illumination'
Thu. 27th October 2016 20:33

More than one of same plant
Thu. 27th October 2016 20:29

 

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