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Inishowen Independent Gardening Poetry Competition


 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:58 am    Post subject: Inishowen Independent Gardening Poetry Competition Reply with quote

WIN 2 GREAT GARDENING BOOKS.
As a celebration of the fabulous summer we are having I would like to give everyone a chance to win 2 fabulous gardening books. The first book by Klaus Laitenberger titled 'Vegetables for the Polytunnel and Greenhouse' tells you everything you need to know about growing your own vegetables, care, planting, weed control and more. The second book written by myself is an 80 page manual all about making your own raised beds with lots of pictures. Titled 'Raised Beds for the Organic Garden' is available as an e-book, so you will need a computer, Kindle or similar.

How to Enter
All you have to do is be creative and write a poem with a garden related theme. The poem can be about your favourite plant, season, environment, composting, digging, tools, vegetables, weeding, fruit, slugs and snails, in fact anything gardening related.
Here is a poem to get you in the mood, written by landscape architect Jane Garrison. Her own experiences of gardening seem to be a bit on the challenging side to say the least! Sing it to the 'Clementine' tune.

Oh My Garden
Oh my garden. My poor garden
I can see the moles and slugs.
But here's the full meal deal.
It must have disease and bugs.

Black and sticky. Oh how icky
on all my evergreens.
Sooty mould needs a washing
to avoid this nasty scene.

Lightly stippled. Not a good thing.
It's the teeny spider mite.
Nice to have the pretty lacewing
who loves the mite to bite.

Stunted new growth puckers leaves.
Scale, aphids and white flies.
Spray with water, just plain water,
and only good bugs will survive.

Pale foliage, tan and grey
with deformed buds and tips.
Looks like seersucker pucker.
And I've got a bunch of thrips.

Brown splotches on my dogwoods.
show up late in the spring.
A big dose of anthracnose
will make me do some pruning.
Brown and black spots, even scabs
and shot holes on my trees.
It is a Dalmatian sensation.
And it winters in rotting debris.

Tiny bites from sides of leaves.
There are many, many notches.
Root weevils got my rhodies.
Must now do night watches.
They say a blast of plain water
will wash away the goo.

Oh my goodness. What is that stuff?
Rusty pustules give me pains.
Rust is fungus that lives among us,
because here it always rains.

Plants are floppy, really droopy.
What are they trying to prove
Is it too dry, wet or shady.
I guess they will have to move.

Rotten buds and stunted growth now.
I think I am near the end.
The plants have root rot.
My song is over.
I will need to make amends.

Judging
The poems will be read and judged by Gareth Austin from Newtowncunningham who is the resident expert gardener on the Mark Patterson show on radio Foyle.

When you have penned your poem please send it to me at info@gardening.ie or drop a copy into the Inishowen Independent office.

There will also be a few of my e-books offered to the runners up. The closing date is Friday 15th of June 2012 so you have 2 weeks to send in your poem..



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to let you know ...One more week to go !!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plz dont let me win.
My Wife the Gardener
~ Peter (poem in old magazine)

She dug the plot on Monday -
the soil was rich and fine,
She forgot to thaw out dinner -
so we went out to dine...
She planted roses Tuesday -
she says they are a must,
They really are quite lovely
but she quite forgot to dust.
On Wednesday it was daisies -
they opened up with sun,
All whites and pinks and yellows -
but the laundry wasn't done...
The poppies came on Thursday -
a bright and cherry red,
I guess she really was engrossed -
she never made the bed...
It was violets on Friday -
in colours she adores,
It never bothered her at all -
all crumbs upon the floors
I hired a maid on Saturday -
my week is now complete,
My wife can garden all she wants -
the house will still be neat!
It's nearly lunchtime Sunday -
and I cannot find the maid,
Oh no! I don't believe it!
She's out there WITH THE SPADE
http://lessonsfromthegarden-jen.blogspot.ie/2012/04/my-wife-gardener-silly-garden-poem.html
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