“I’ve got a very good feeling about the plant.”
So says Michael Birtles, who is a gardener with the gardener’s association in Kerry and who has been planting plants for many years.
“They’re not as big as I’d hoped. “
They’re quite small but they’re a little bit taller than most plants.””
They’re not as big as I’d hoped.
They’re quite small but they’re a little bit taller than most plants.”
The seedlings that Mr Birtle has planted have already grown in number.
“You’re not going to be able to take all of them in the garden,” he says.
“It’s going to take a little while before you can actually see what they are.”
The gardener has noticed that the seeds grow more quickly than the plants that have been in his garden.
“We don’t have any problems with the seedling coming up in the winter,” he explains.
“They’re just a little different to the ones that we’ve planted in the summer because the plants have been brought in and they’ve been watered a bit more regularly.”
The seedling that I planted this summer is a bit bigger and a little better looking.
“Some people say it looks like a cross between a garda and a gardan but I don’t know.”
Mr Birtls says he does not mind the seed germinating outside the garden.
He says that he has not grown any of the plants outside his garden and that he is happy with what he has been growing.
“My neighbour has been buying the seed from me and it’s going well,” he said.
“He just needs to put some on a bit of his patio and it will be planted in about a week.”
And I think it’s a good idea to grow them in a pot.
“Because the plants will be growing in the pot, the soil will be moist and the plants are going to have more energy.”
Gardening in the Highlands is growing in popularity, and a number of small local producers have also opened up their own nurseries.
“When I first started growing I didn’t know what to do with all the plants,” Mr Burtles says.
He started with a couple he found on the side of the road.
“Then I thought, well, they’re pretty and they’re good for vegetables but they don’t taste very good,” he recalls.
“So I thought I’d put some seeds on the front of the house and I would plant them there and see how they would grow.”
There were some good ones that went straight to the garden but there was one that had a really bad flavour and the seeds would not germinate.
“In addition to the gardan’s association, Mr Bartles is also a member of the Association of Small Gardener Nurseries in the region.
He has a garden of about 1,200 seeds.”
Now that I have planted more than 1,000 I have had to learn about the different varieties of potato and how they grow,” he adds.”
A lot of the time, you have to get some seeds and then transplant them into different pots.
“The Gardener’s Association is hoping to attract more farmers and gardeners to the region with its seed and seedling programs.”
With this crop, we hope to bring people into the area and get them to get involved,” it said.
It said that its members are also encouraging other growers to grow seeds in their gardens.”
One of the biggest challenges is the cost of seedling supplies.
We have to buy seeds from all over the world,” it stated.”
However, the seeds are a good investment in the future of the gardening industry.