RTÉ One, Friday, 8.30pm

Programme 12

Gardener: Peter Dowdall

This week we come to the end of the second series and we are coming to the time of the year when we need to put the gardens to bed for the winter.

I had a great chat and walk around the gardens in Fota with Food writer and historian Regina Sexton who enlightened me on exactly what would have been grown in the Walled Garden in Fota and how it would have been produced for the kitchens.

The head gardener in an estate like Fota would have been a very responsible position. Mistakes could not be made as top quality produce would have been demanded for the house and so standards could not slip and the garden had to be in a constant cycle of production, every single inch of ground space and wall space was used.

Our last Open Day was a great day, we had a huge turnout and lots of interest from people who have been following the programmes and developing their own gardens.

Now is the perfect time to plant Autumn bulbs and so I did that with help from a lovely young girl who was there with her parents and I showed people how to plant seed potatoes to harvest for Christmas. Just don’t forget to cover the area where you sow the seeds with straw or similar to protect from the cold during the winter.

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