About Me

Me & Bud on the mini tractor!
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Hi there

My name is Yvonne or Eve as I prefer to be called:) I was only called Yvonne as a child when I was in trouble so Eve is definitely the name I prefer.  I know my blog name is garden of yvonne but someone else ‘nicked’ garden of eve 😦

I have been a gardener for many many years….too many to tell you as I would then be giving away my age 😉 It is my hobby, my job and my passion…oh and did I mention, my SANITY 😉

I havent always been a good gardener….in fact when I first started gardening I really didnt know the difference between a flower and a weed!  Luckily I have come on a long way from that and I am now allowed to do the gardening ALL the time ha ha!!  I often get people asking me for advice on gardening especially growing vegetables so I try and help as much as I can but I am also learning  more everyday and probably will for the rest of my life….that’s how interesting gardening is!

 My interest in growing my own veg came when I started my family….again many years ago.  I was very concerned when I started to ween my young children off  of milk and onto solid food.  What was the best food to feed my children? should I be buying organic? what does GM mean? Why is so much food processed?  What is sprayed on the fruit and veg? etc etc etc.  I had so many questions and started to do a lot of research….my findings were very frightening  and I really started to question why would I want my children to be eating these food products that are covered in poisonous  chemicals (strong word poisonous but I feel very strongly about this subject)  Organic food has been available in the shops for a few years but it was too expensive for our young family….so what could I do to change this?

So thats where it all began….and I haven’t stopped.  I grew up in the UK with my Irish parents and would often follow my father down to his allotment.  I have to admit I was a real ‘tom boy’ back then and was more interested in getting dirty and rolling around in the fields than watching and learning from my father and his gardening.

When I got married and started my family I decided to start growing my own vegetables for many reasons: no 1 so I knew what I was feeding my family and also so that my children would know where fruit and veg really came from….not the supermarket 🙂

We bought a 1950’s semi-detached house in the midlands and it had a long 90ft garden which was split into 3 sections. Lawn area, patio area and an area at back of the garden which was really just an overgrown mess.  ‘Ding’ I had an idea….I would..OK…we would (my lovely hubby and I) dig it over and make a small veg patch.  So this is what we did.  It was a real learn for me and I do remember many disasters with trying to grow different vegetables but  I didn’t give up and eventually, with lots and lots of perseverance , started to ‘reap the benefits’ and the rewards – healthy home grown, chemical free food!!

We then moved to another house where I really started to think seriously about organic gardening and turned half of the garden into a mini allotment along with 3 green houses and lots and lots of pots.  I really started to enjoy my gardening, both flowers and vegetables and found it to be very therapeutic and since then have I never looked back!P1050006

After living in the UK for many years our family made the decision to move back to our homeland, Ireland and start a new life in a remote part of the south west.  We built our house at the bottom of a mountainside and luckily have lots of land around our home…well a rockery!  ‘Ding’….another idea.  I had always dreamt of having a really big poly tunnel which was a relatively new thing at the time.  No problem I thought but It wasn’t as easy as just buying a poly tunnel and putting it up.  Normally you would just put your tunnel onto the ground, dig a few holes for the poles to go in, pop the cover on and away you go.  This was not the case for us, we had to get through rock, a lot of rock. Time to call in the rock breakers!!  It was a big job both for the rock breakers and for my husband who had to make holes (with a jack hammer) for the poles. There is a lot of water coming down from our mountain too so my hubby had to do some drainage work as well, but it all worked out and the tunnel was up 🙂

As you can imagine we then had the problem of soil (what soil), we didn’t have any as it was ROCK!  so we had to bring it in from a neighbour who was doing some ground work at the time. The top soil was from land that had not been touched in many years so it was as good as organic  and no i haven’t had it tested but it is treated as organic and I never use chemicals on it, only water from our mountain well!! Raised beds were then built, manure and organic soil went in and….job done!

Very quickly I filled…and I mean filled my tunnel with vegetable plants.  I was very ambitious and also turned our back field into an allotment which had been a meadow for EVER!..I planted potatoes and cabbage and lots of cool weather veg but nature soon took over and I found it very hard to control the weeds and grass from growing over everything…I should have covered it over with cardboard and left it for a year or so after it was ploughed…but I didn’t and suffered the consequences….including a really bad back!  So back to the tunnel 😉 where I have a controlled environment.  I really enjoy growing under cover on raised beds as I have so much more control with every aspect of my gardening from weeds to watering etc, so much so that we now have another tunnel which was erected last year and that is now full too…..and so I think maybe I need another but don’t tell my husband!!

1st Cauliflower of the Season!

Along with my gardening I am also a very keen cook and would love to share some of my recipes and tips on preserving your homegrown produce.  So please follow and subscribe to my videos so that you can ‘reap the benefits’ of GROWING YOUR OWN!

Thank you

HAPPY GARDENINGIMG_2094

Eve

Stay tuned and I will hopefully share all my preserving tips and some yummy recipes with you along the way:)

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57 responses

  1. Lots of great planting tips. Your poly tunnel looks amazing. Just curious what neck of the woods you’re growing in?

    • Hi Melissa. Thanks for your kind words. I love my tunnels 🙂 We live on the Ring Of Kerry, Co Kerry, Ireland. Its a beautiful part of the world. The only water my veg gets is coming from a mountain spring and the air is so pure……love it!!!

  2. Thanks for liking and following my blog. I’m a gardener too its just been a while since I’ve been able to put my fork in the ground. Nice blog 🙂

  3. Hi Eve, Thanks so much for following. Love the blog. I’ve finally moved house after a year and a half of trying and am itching to get started on my fruit and veg beds. Found strawberries the other day! So finding your blog was well-timed and I’ll be looking to pick up some tips…

  4. Hi there Eve, 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for the follow! Looks like you have a wonderful place here yourself, I’m looking forward to poking around a bit. Happy planting! 🙂

  5. What an appropriate time for you to be entering our life – just as I attempt vegetable growing of our own – perfect! And thank you so much for not only visiting but following my blog – right back at you! 🙂

  6. Hi Eve, what a super gardening blog you have – I’ve just been browsing it. How do you find time to garden as well?.
    We were in the Kerry area last year, a beautiful place. One of the highlights was meeting Lorna Tyther & sampling her food at The Phoenix Restaurant.
    Thanks for stopping by at Pete’s Pots, & I look forward to following ‘Garden of Eve’.’

  7. Eve,
    I wanted to thank you for visiting my site. It gave me the chance to explore your blog — so many great tips and ideas. By the way, you might be interested in exploring Blotanical — it’s a search engine/community of gardening bloggers/blogging gardeners. Enjoy the day!

    • Hi there. Are you just planting seeds now or are you planting up seedlings. Cauliflowers are a cool weather plant. They do not like it too hot (above) 75F or below about 25F. They can take anything from 3 to 6 months seed to maturity. I start my seeds around May time here in Ireland which is when the weather is starting to warm up. I then plant them up into pots and leave outside to plant inside my poly tunnel to overwinter. Last year was the most successful I have ever been with cauliflowers and think it was the under cover growing that helped. Good Luck and thank you for following.
      Happy Gardening.
      Eve

  8. You have the kind of garden I dream about! What a beautiful cauliflower in your picture above. You must be a aster gardener from the looks of this blog! Thanks for visiting southernrootsandnorthernblossoms.com the other day and following me too. I think I’m going to follow you so I can learn your gardening secrets!

  9. Hello Eve, just wanted to say thank you for having a look at my blog and following it! I will be following yours, too; it’s wonderful to be able to see what other green thumbs are doing around the world. Great inspiration 🙂

  10. Hi Eve. Thank you for visiting, and following my blog. I’m going to go have a look around your site. I look forward to seeing how you garden in your corner of the world. Linda

  11. Hi Eve! Thank you so much for stopping my blog and following ! I appreciate ❤😃
    What a great blog you have . Lots of great planting tips .
    I love gardening too but unfortunately have only a balcony ! But full of roses and herbs that are my favorites ! For this summer I planted one cherry tomato but in pot😃
    Hope I have many for my salad !!!!! ❤
    Looking forward to see more your posts😃❤

  12. Thanks so much for following my blog. I just checked out yours and it looks wonderful! I am looking forward to learning from you. I live in the U.S. in Seattle, WA. There are some similarities in climate.

  13. Hello Eve!
    Thank you very much for stopping by and following our blog!
    Your blog looks great, I will definitely come back to read more!

    Best wishes,
    Clara

    • Hi there. We live in the south west of Ireland. It is a magical place and so so beautiful…the only downside is the weather…we do get all four seasons in one day thats why I grow so much under cover. Oh well cant have everything:) I hope my tomato gardening tips are helpful to your daughter and thank you for following. Eve

  14. This is a super blog…we’ve gardened since we were kids ‘helping’ our fathers….but every time we’ve moved we’ve had to start learning again.

    And now we’ve moved to the tropics it really is ‘all change’!
    And your ‘sisters’ post really struck home looking at the origin of the plants.

  15. Great blog, makes me envious of the polytunnel, but I guess the benfit is we see the birds a bit more, even if they steal a bit of the crop. Hope all goes well and look forward to seeing your progress. MM 🍆

  16. I am so jealous of your polytunnel! What a great way to have veggies year-round. I live in the southern part of the US, so we have a pretty long growing season and I do manage to can and freeze quite a bit, but to be able to pick fresh veggies in December like you would be wonderful.
    Great blog!

  17. what a lovely si(gh)t(e) – and I just love your photo, looking at your smiling face in the garden made me smile right back! thanks for following my blog and leading me to discover yours, I look forward to reading your thoughts and experiences even though sadly I cannot reap the benefits on my balcony!

    • Hi there. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you but it’s been very busy here with the warm weather watering. It takes 3hours to water everything at the minute as my irritation system is not set up properly. I don’t use a heater in the tunnels in the winter but I do use bubble wrap to insulate the tunnel. I would use a heater if I need to sow any seeds earlier than usual and if there is a chance of frost. Thank you for following. Eve

  18. Hello Eve, So glad for the follow because now I know about you! Your blog is fantastic and I can’t wait to see more and learn more about your garden and your wonderful space of happiness.

  19. Read your article on lettuce via email and was going to comment but now I can’t find your post.

    Anyway, you seem to be doing very well…. And now I know one of the reasons why lettuce won’t germinate very well in my garden: it is south-facing and simply gets too hot. (Thankfully I now have the allotment.)

  20. Thank you for visiting my brand new blog. I popped over here to check yours out and it looks like I could learn a lot from you! I started growing my own for the same reason, I feel like our food supply is getting scary and I wanted something better for my family and daycare kids. So we have a lot in common already. I’m following you to see what I can learn! Thanks again!

  21. Hi Eve im very new to poly tunnel growing so thank you for your blog. I’ve got a much smaller tunnel 6x4x4 and I’m growing some amazing veg! I have no idea what to grow now or what to plan for the winter do you think you could give me some tips on what to grow also are there any good books I could read regarding poly tunnel growing
    Thanks Elaine

  22. Thank you both for all the tunnel advice & gardening hints. It was such a pleasure meeting ye both this evening. Your tunnels ………I’m going to work my butt off, in the hope of vaguely achievely a masterpiece like ye have. Joe & Joanna

  23. Hello Eve..I have just found your blog while looking for ways to deal with botrytis on tomato plants. Very good info. I too live in the south of Ireland and have been growing our veggies for years. I have 2 tunnels and a few home made “hothouses”. I do not blog anymore but I do follow a few, so I will be following you now too, thanks for all the info…Cheers from Catherine x

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