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Spring Gardens On A Budget and Garden CSI

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Spring Gardens On A Budget

How to turn your garden into a springtime sensation for under €25 .

Eugene Higgins, Gnomes A Good Bargain

I was born into Horticulture in a plant nursery/garden centre in north Co Dublin started in 1940 by my grandfather, so my excuse is, "that its in my blood".

On leaving school I worked in various Dublin radio stations and spent my spare time working in the family run garden centre, this soon reversed after spending an intervening number of years in Australia.

Over the last 12 years I have been combining Horticulture and media work.

In 1999 I returned to retailing opening Colour Green Garden Centre in Malahide Dublin, which won "Best Specialist Garden Centre 2002-Ireland".

In 2004 we subsequently moved the business to Tullamore, Co Offaly, where we have a lot more space around us and have concentrated on developing our Colour Green Landscaping Services.

Our highlight to date was, being commissioned last year by the Afternoon Show to restore a nursing home's spectacular Japanese garden that had run into serious disrepair (Carrigoran Nursing Home, Co Clare).

It may be six months away but it's time to start planning now if you want to have a fabulous Spring garden. However can it all be done on a budget? We set Eugene a challenge . So how did you do Eugene?

The Gardening Tables

Eugene has two tables, the beginner gardener table (under €25) and the experienced gardener table. (Under €50)

Beginner gardener
. Onion set. Very easy to grow vegetables. €3.50 (S/S Onion plant)
. Knee pads. Start early keeping dampness out of knees. You'll be more comfortable gardening through the Winter. €4.99
. Wallflowers, easy to grow and discover their beauty now. €4 (S/S wall flowers)
. Snowdrops will encourage you to try other bulbs €7.99 (S/S snowdrops)
. Violas, great results and easy to achieve €3.50 (S/S Violas)

Total - €23.98, Under €25!

Experienced gardener table
. Easy Arch. A simple cost efficient item to add to a developed garden. These are available at really good prices. €18.95 (Will be assembled in studio)
. Climber for the arch, flowering Jasmine. €8.49
. 11 sq metres of wildflower seed. It's time to discover the native plants. €16.99 (S/S Wildflowers)
. Propagator set. Try growing plants yourself from seed. €5.45

Total - €49.88, Under €50!

For More Information
Products on todays show,
Hackett Garden Shop
4 Capel st 1 Co. Dublin

Blackbanks Garden Centre - 018327047

Eugene Higgins