Six-on-Saturday: April Week 3

Prograstiplanting is my new word this week. It means you have a million things to do but choose to go planting.

It was a windy wet week in West Waterford. Add in a seasonal storm and several showers on the fine days; that’s mid-April all over for ya! I stayed indoors quite a bit and got very little opportunity to prograstiplant. Now, being Saturday, I’m happy to present another selection of sixes, so sit and relax with me awhile. Ar aghaidh linn…

Black Gold

Compost heap Number One, nicknamed PostyCom, was ready for emptying. It had been covered since last October and I spread it liberally on many beds. I also stored some in two bins and the cold frame. Very pleased with the quality. It really is easy to see why home-made compost is Black Gold.

I remind myself that in the six months a lot has happened. There has been death and new life, all under cover of darkness through the winter. The banana skins have been digested, and the digestors have been digested. The wheel of life has turned full circle.

The second stack, known to me as CostyPom, will be filled by end of May by my reckoning and will be covered until January or thereabouts. These two stacks provide me with enough to keep the soil rich. Any more and I’d be making it just to get rid of it! False economy.

Tulips Again

Featured again this week, I’m thinking there will be a distinct lack of strong colour when the tulips finish until early May, but I’ll cross that bridge later.


Not a plant, you’ll observe. However, I present myself at number three this week, content in the knowledge that I’m as much a part of this gáirdïn as the other living things there. When compared to the ever-changing garden scene, I’m holding my own. Well seasoned, I’d be thinking. Strangely, I’m not wearing a hat as recommended from April to October. I must have words with myself.


Again, there’s no focus on one single plant. This is a long shot facing south. I am very thankful to have a south-facing aspect.


Technically, the garden is also facing north, and well protected by the teach. There’s plenty going on, even though it’s only mid-April. The tulips are there on the right. How many seats/chairs can you spot?


I’m on the raised area beyond the Nursery Bed, facing west, although I cannot clearly be seen. Through the long summer evenings ahead, we have the benefit of late sunshine here. It’s a wine-time suntrap.

About Six-on-Saturday

We are a group of gardeners who write. We write about six items in our gardens, and we do it on Saturdays. Many more choose to publish on Twitter and Instagram using the #sixonsaturday hashtag. Here’s The Participant Guide updated by Jim. For more  gardens and gardening blogs, head over to Garden Ruminations, the home for Six on Saturday. Have a lovely weekend.

The Three Hairs

By going to TheThreeHairs.Com anyone who wants the bits of Gaeilge, cycling or other random thoughts will find everything there. I’m loving some rubbishy fiction. ‘Joe Biden, Belfast and Ballina’ has been published recently, along with Fidelma’s advice about getting into that special dress for a wedding. I invite you to browse and hope you enjoy some of what’s there.


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Next week, I’ll be back with more.


Published by Páraig

Changing my mind, one thought at at a time. You can too. Garden, bike and writing can be key. Ukan2.

7 thoughts on “Six-on-Saturday: April Week 3

  1. Morning, the overviews of your garden are nice and really makes you want to sit there and rest. About black gold, the result is there! It gives very pretty flowers and pretty plants.


  2. Enjoying the long views and note the absence of grass, which of course is really meant just large gardens for fields and cows etc. I don’t mean to hurt the feelings of those that tend the long stretches of parallel green stripes or the plastic stuff, but I would rather be growing plants, and have something a little more all seasons to walk around on.


    1. I agree, Sarah.
      On a downside, much of the lovely loose soil is a haven for the hungry blackbird. I’ve come to terms with soil from pots being scattered about.


  3. I like the different views of the garden. I’m not sure how many chairs there are, all I know is that you can never have too many – we gardeners don’t sit & appreciate our efforts enough!

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