It’s such an exciting time of year in the garden, as the buds swell and the days lengthen. This year the outdoors got such a hammering from the elements over the long winter but the delightful signs of Spring are here, the first golden daffodils are nodding in the wind, the hazels are dressed with elegant catkins and even the birds are starting to chirp with glee!
Now is the time to get out and tidy up. The ground will be leached of nutrients from all the rain, so a good mulch on existing plants is strongly recommended, especially fruit trees and roses but almost all plants will benefit from a good layer of well rotted manure, if you have your own, use it!. Alternatively ‘Gee Up’ is a great product that gardeners love, it’s bagged horse manure and made in Cork,. ‘Gee Up’ feels and smells like rich soil and a layer, two or three inches deep around your plants, will get everything off to a flying start for the growing season ahead.
After all the damaging storms, perhaps you have gaps to fill, or new areas to plant after removing fallen trees, or you may even be thinking about improving the shelter in your garden? March is an ideal month to get planting, especially ‘bare root’, as it’s still safe to move until Easter; the worst of the winter weather has hopefully passed and the plants are bursting with energy to get growing.
Bare root plants are grown in the ground and lifted to order. Planting ‘bare root’ offers great choice, quality and a cost effective way to build up your garden. Future Forests specialise in bare root plants, from mixed hedging to roses, shelter belts to fruit and have possibly the best range in Ireland.
The ethos at Future Forests is useful, fruitful and beautiful plants and this can be experienced, as you walk around this very special nursery, the herb area is full of all the usual culinary herbs, as well as many useful varieties such as Golden Feverfew or Clary Sage. Mostly priced at €3 each or any five for €10, they also have an ever changing range of alpines at the same great deal!
The selection of unusual and exciting herbaceous plants are starting to fill the stands; back by popular demand is the very special offer of perennials in 9cm pots at €3 each and any 10 for just €25!
A new addition this Spring is the recently released range of Irish Primroses, carefully bred over 35 years by Fitzgeralds nursery in Co Kilkenny. These exciting new primroses come in a range of colours, from the dark velvety red flowers of Primula ‘Inisfree’ to the frilly pink flowers of Primula ‘Glengarriff’, available now and priced at €4 each and three for €10.
Now is also the time to plant spring flowering bulbs ‘in the green’, Bluebells, Snowdrops and even the beautifully scented Lily of the Valley can be planted now and will establish well for a colorful show next Spring. These, as well as any plants listed on the future forest website www.futureforests.net can be purchased from the nursery or sent by mail order, usually for just
€15 per delivery. From Friday, March 7, Future Forests will have a stand in Bantry Market each week, find them between the Bank of Ireland and JJ Crowleys Pub, they are very happy to take orders and have them ready for collection at the stall each week.
Future Forests is based between Kealkil and Gougane Barra on the R584, open seven days a week: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm and Sundays from 2.30 to 6pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 027 66176.