The 'L' Gardener

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Louise Whelan | 1 Comment

The    Gardener


Hi, my name is Louise, also known as ‘The L Gardener’, and my expertise lies in the area of Marketing and Communications. I have a particular interest in all things digital and in Integrated Marketing Communications. Behind all this, I am an organic food advocate and a firm believer in ‘green living’ and this is what really motivated me to take charge of my own garden and use my research skills for learning purposes. My blog will document my steps in achieving my own home grown garden and hopefully provide a few tips for similar people in my situation. I hope you enjoy my posts and please feel free to have a few laughs along the way, at my expense :)

Welcome to the Family

About a year ago I flew out of the mammy’s nest and set up home all by myself. A lovely little home, may I add, with a mamma bear (me), dada bear and baby bear.

Along with the responsibilities of managing a house and a new baby, I decided I wanted to learn how to garden (It seemed like a reasonable thing to do). So I bought a window box and some lettuce seedlings. They are coming along nicely now and should be ready for the plate soon. 

Isn’t it lovely? Doesn’t it make my windowsill look so much nicer?  I cheated a little bit as the plant was already grown when I bought it. All I have to do is maintain it, keep it watered and watch out for greenfly and soon fresh salad will be on the menu. Enjoyable activity, not time consuming at all and saves me some money.

 As I mentioned previously,  I’m a total organic food advocate and a firm believer in healthy eating so growing your own fruits and vegetables was at the top of my to do list. I also have a small (and boring) garden and really felt I could add a bit of life to it by planting a few pots and plants – Another motivating factor to try out the gardening experience.

 Two weeks ago, I welcomed two new members to my organic family – Mr Pea Pot and Mr Bean Pot. Ok, so the part of putting the seed in the pot was already done and all I needed to do was keep the plant alive – This should be easy enough, right? I fed Mr Pea Pot and Mr Bean Pot twice a day. They got some breakfast before I went to work and dinner when I came home. (By food I mean water!) Have a look at Mr Bean Pot now. (Mr Pea Pot was camera shy as it was raining!)


I am feeling very satisfied with myself and I’ve had comments from friends about the ‘pretty’ plant brightening up the corner of my garden. I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible so I have to admit I am finding my dabble with gardening very therapeutic – especially when the sun is shining.

Next week’s task

I read in a really good article recently that one can grow their own lettuce from their leftover scrap lettuce – I am very intrigued...and interested! So next week, this is what I’ll do, I’ll grow from scratch. If anyone would like to give me some tips or has a better suggestion of vegetable/fruit to grow, please feel free to drop me a line – Your help would be much appreciated! 

Until next week,


The    Gardener 

Posted in Beginner Gardener, breezy, Breezy Gardening, garden, gardening, organic, salad, summer



1 Response

Wonderful Wagon
Wonderful Wagon

June 20, 2014

Love it! Bright, engaging and to the point. P.S. Celery (yuk right? but babies like to chew on it) can also be grown from the ends!

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