Exploring the Cottage Gardens

We love being outdoors at Lismaine Cottage, particularly on those rare occasions when we’re granted a sunny afternoon. During the summer, Margaret spends more time outside than in! She has even been spotted out in the dead of night with a head torch, picking slugs off plants, one of the joys of organic gardening!



Lismaine Cottage went live on Facebook at the end of July, but the video quality wasn’t great, and we wanted to give you a better look at the flora surrounding the bed and breakfast. It was heading into Autumn by the time we got proper footage of the garden, and though it wasn’t in full bloom, there was still plenty to see. The Autumn raspberries were out, and provided enough for another video, with a little humour thrown in for good measure.



We’re hoping to produce plenty more videos in future, focusing on not just the garden, but the cooking and baking that goes on in the Cottage. Margaret bakes on most days, specialising in Irish breads. We’ve only made one episode of Cooking in the Cottage, but we’ve had plenty of requests for recipes and tutorials on Margaret’s potato bread.

As a brief garden update, and follow-up to the original automatic greenhouse window opener post, Adam was hard at work trying to devise a use for the second opener. The polytunnel gets incredibly warm on a sunny day, but unless someone is around to open the doors it can get too hot.

Having the rear door automatically open in the heat of day would be ideal, but the opener is lighter, and designed for opening windows. We were able to attach it, and it successfully opened and closed the door, but the difficulty came in windy conditions. The additional movement in the door was enough to dislodge the cylinder, which provided the opening force. It works as a window opener as gravity and the weight of the window keeps the cylinder in place, but horizontal mounting just doesn’t work.


One possible solution – Source: ridgewaygarden


The next possible solution would be to fit a window in the door, allowing ventilation, and the door to be opened normally for easy access. This requires slightly more advanced carpentry skills, and will need further research, but it’s a possibility. The challenges of greenhouse gardening keep cropping up…pun intended.

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