Liss Ard Blog

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Liss Ard Blog

See What we’re up to

Liss Ard Blog 

See what we’re up to

Sally’s Garden – 

‘Getting Started’

On a rainy Friday March afternoon I got a most unexpected phone call from a friend asking if I would be interested in growing vegetables in Liss Ard country house Estate.

Liss Ard is buzzing!

Great news! Bees are back at Liss Ard Estate – which is fantastic for Sally’s Garden and the rest of the grounds, as they’re the best pollinators out there. Niall Dignan, our local West Cork honey producer, has installed 8 hand-crafted hives behind the wall of Sally’s…

Bountiful Harvest

Every year as we head into August the evenings get shorter and there is a nip in the air. I get a dreaded feeling of the unavoidable seasonal change: a stubborn refusal to let go of warm summer days and the long bright evenings.The bountiful harvest from…

Slugs & other Bugs!

I have a new nemesis. Don’t get me wrong. I still detest slugs and have spent many an hour in the fight to protect my plants. But the last few months have seen untold damage in the garden from ‘leatherjackets’: the larvae of crane flies or daddy-long-legs. These unassum…

Sally’s Garden in Bloom

Busy last few months waging war against pesky pests! Garden looking great in spite of raids by rabbits, birds, caterpillars, slugs and more…. Vibrant Cornflowers (Centaurea cynaus) add splashes of colour. The flowers, also known as Bachelor’s Buttons are edible, and…

Planting mad!


It is not easy to find the time to write when there is so much to do in the garden. There are seedlings to pot on, plants to plant out, weeds to keep under control, more seeds to sow and of course everything needs watering. Getting the balance right can be tricky at…

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