24th January 2011:
In less than a week two journalists from the same paper have left me somewhat surprised by their comments.
The first was Fionnuala Fallon, who did an excellent feature in the Irish Times on Thursday 20th, giving sound advice on growing potatoes. However at the end of the piece Fionnuala recommends a variety of potatoes (Mayan Delight) and lists the supplier, an English Garden Centre.
So explain this – an Irish writer in an Irish publication recommending an English Garden Centre. Hardly supportive of Irish retailers of potatoes, who need just as much support in this difficult economic climate, if not more. What’s more, when the product is available in Ireland it is not really an environmentally sound suggestion either…….
So my blood had finally stopped boiling when on Sunday, I opened the Home section of The Sunday Times and read Plot 34 by Mark Keenan. His even less helpful quote was as follows:
“DIY stores and garden centres are expensive and, if you come to rely on them your food -growing efforts will cost you money rather than saving it.”
Such a sweeping statement! As an owner of a garden centre I disagree, and not because I wish to live a life of luxury with the multi-millions I make every year (I wish). More that this statement is damming of the free advice, free courses,recycled materials and all round hard work that we as a team put in every year as passionate gardeners. Mark may have his own views but I would suggest he take some responsibility before he tars us all with same brush……
All I can say is thank goodness that there was one lovely garden writer at The Irish Times this week (Jane Powers)and she provides a calming balance in her feature……