( also on this page - The Polytunnel & the 'Original' Garden )
The vegetable and fruit garden is separated from the rest of the garden by the long escallonia hedge. We operate the 'raised bed/no dig' system. We normally grow - potatoes ( Pink Fir , Desiree, Charlotte,Nadine, Jersey Royal, Home Guard, and some early ones ( by May ) in the polytunnel - Rocket.
Vegetables are - Runner beans, broad beans , french beans (in tunnel ), parsnips, turnips, swede, purple sprouting broccoli, cabbages, spinach, leeks, garlic, onions, mangetout peas, and courgettes. A bed of Rhubarb , which Christine grew from seed, is in the veg. garden.
There are raspberry canes, red & blackcurrants, strawberries, and apple trees.
Apples. The experts say ( I think ) that apples only grow successfully when annual rainfall is below 45 inches per year. We have about 65 inches per year in Aultaghreagh ! We do get very useful crops, but the trees struggle with canker, blight and die back. We have - Bramley, Katy ( the most successful apple), Lord Lambourne, Discovery, Keswick Codling ( also very successful - as it was bred in the english Lake District ! ). There are more apples along the arbour by the main borders - American Mother, Beauty of Bath, Elstar, Grenadier, Golden Spire, Epicure,Ellisons Orange. New ones are Irish Peach, Discovery and Ardcairn Russet.
We have lost the apples - Jonagold, James grieve ( after a few successful years ), Orleans Reinette, Howgate Wonder, Egremont Russet, and Fiesta. Many others are struggling - but we now shrug our shoulders and ignore all the canker ! However - they are very beautiful at blossom time.
Happier times picking raspberries ! In the fruit cage ( we grow some extra bushes at the bottom of the garden just for the blackbirds !
Polytunnel. This is a most valuable resource - very common in West Cork , but not made much use of in the UK ( perhaps where gardens are smaller ) - if you have room - get one ! We can grow early potatoes , tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, french beans, basil, lettuce & other salads - we can raise seedlings and cuttings, overwinter tender plants. Pot on and potter about when its raining ! Can't imagine life without one. We are not sure if the marigolds DO help keep whitefly away - but they look nice !
The tomatoes , aubergines, courgettes, onions, peppers, garlic and basil keep us in pasta sauce year round ! ( no - we didn't grow the banana & grapefruit ! )
Original Garden - adjoins vegetable garden.
Many years ago, when the house was still a holiday home for us , we kept only a very small garden. Now called the Original garden. One of the first things we did was create a small pond, which still thrives. There are also two plant borders, now mostly shrubs , and a small lawn. It remains a favourite, sheltered place to sit. It is also home to our original Abutilon vitifolium , now 15 years old, and with its progeny all over the acre. Photo shows Newcestown garden club members enjoying a cup of tea in the original garden.
The 'little' pond in the original garden - surrounding are -Abutilon vitifolium , Cryptomeria japonica , and a twisted hazel.