Author Archives: The Holistic Gardener

About The Holistic Gardener

author of wellness books, columnist, keynote speaker.

The three good reasons of mindfulness

Trí saghas incheann: inchinn reatha, inchinn cloiche, inchinn chéarach – The three kinds of brain: a running brain, a rock brain, a wax brain. In Ireland we have a long tradition of triads – poetic, insights clustered in threes; like … Continue reading

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Banishing snakes

When Saint Patrick came to Ireland and banished the snakes, no one said what are you on about. No one pointed out that snakes were not native to or even known in Ireland. Because we got the concept – it … Continue reading

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make war and love (your garden)

The month of March is named after Mars – the roman god of war. Apparently because the narrow passes of the Alps began to thaw at this time of the year, becoming passable again and so the Roman legions could … Continue reading

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a spring clean can also mean a mind detox

It is good to declutter the shed or the house on a regular basis, many wait until the brighter days of spring to find their motivation. And sure enough a bright blue sky provides a hit of serotonin and a … Continue reading

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help with haemochromatosis / iron overload

Known as the Irish curse and nicknamed the ‘Celtic gene’, Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Ireland, where it estimated that one in five people carry the gene. It is also high amongst people with Irish heritage globally. … Continue reading

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Leave the bad luck to the last, in the hope that it may never come.

There is an old Irish saying Leig an donaschundeiridh, a n-duil s’ nach d-tiocaidh se choidche – Leave the bad luck to the last, in the hope that it may never come. We often say it jokingly but boy does … Continue reading

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The mountain is good mustard

There is a wonderful old Irish proverb that says Maith an mustárd an sliabh – The mountain is good mustard. On one level it is about how work (climbing the real mountain or the work load mountain) works up an … Continue reading

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