and welcome! My name is Anja and I am the webmaster of www.gardening-advice.net.
For as long as I can think I have been a plant enthusiast and I have been growing plants since I was a teenager.
After finishing school I began a two year apprenticeship as a landscape gardener in Germany. I was working in a large landscaping company for two years learning the trade as well as going to a school.
During this time we were laying out and planting gardens for people. This taught me the fundamental basics of garden design, landscaping and gave me a practical and broad knowledge base of garden plants.
My apprenticeship was followed by a professional program in Landscape Design in Germany and involved a thesis on Robinsonian Gardens in Ireland. For this I had to travel to Ireland to study the historical 'Wild Robinsonian Gardens'...and of course we decided to move to Ireland after I finished with my professional program.
In 1998 we moved to the South-West of Ireland and started a garden center. Running a garden center for over 17 years and dealing with amateur gardeners on a daily basis has taught me a lot about the problems that people have with growing plants and gardening.
In 2013, I did a Permaculture design course and certificate with Geoff Lawton, one of the best and most impressive permaculture teachers around. This was truly an eye-opening experience that I can only recommend for anybody. Do it and it will change your life!
We are since redesigning and integrating permaculture design principles into the garden. We also started to develop a small market garden operation as a sideline to our garden centre. Producing healthy and tasty vegetables is our new focus.
Through this website I would like to share some of my knowledge with you and help you with growing a beautiful and productive garden.
I also published my first gardening book with Amazon Kindle. It is the first one of a series: 'Gardening With Little Miss Greenfingers'. It is called Growing Culinary Herbs In Containers - Healthy&Delicious!. Have a look if you are interested. It is also available through this website here.
Garden Cress indoors is one of the simplest things to grow. Grow cress on your window sill during the winter and boost your immune system with lots of Vitamin C from this easy to grow culinary herb!
Check out the November 2017 issue of the 'Homestead Gardener' Digital Magazine for organic gardening tips, permaculture and self-sufficiency.
Are organic pesticides truly harmless for your garden ecosystem? When should you use organic pest sprays to avoid killing pollinators and beneficial insects.