Hello, I am Tony O’Neill. I’m a full-time firefighter and I love my job. But this is not my passion. Since I was a young boy I loved being in the garden with my grandfather where I would help him planting seeds.
I remember stabbing my fingers with gooseberry thorns while I tried to scoff my face with those sweet-tasting fruits during the height of summer. I have fond memories of times when he would just sit in the potting shed barking orders, and I would be in my oils out on the garden sowing seeds and harvest carrots or whatever else needed to be pulled at that time.
Throughout my early years, I spent most of my time in the garden. After my grandfather died, I continued to garden with my father, while he was able to. As I matured it became time for me to go to college and learn some new techniques. After my time there I set up home and started a family.
A few years later my first daughter was born and I decided I wanted to be sure of the quality of food she was eating and turned back to gardening. I set up an allotment, for those of you who doesn’t know what that is. It is just a community garden where you rent space to grow. These are broken down into plots that one can rent.
To record my successes and failures I filmed my daily work at the garden. I started to run out of memory cards and looked for cheap alternatives. That is when I found Youtube.
This was 2007. This fledgeling site had only been around for 2 years at the time, I started to upload videos but removed these later. In June of 2011, I decided to set up a proper gardening channel. That’s right! 9 years ago. Youtube was a different animal back then.
It had search features that were very difficult to get surfaced in as a gardening channel. These were very basic. I am glad it was bought by Google and made into what it is today. I was one of the first to upload a gardening video in the UK. How times have changed now.
I originally named my channel Tony’s Allotment, and I don’t mind telling you the videos from back then were so awesomely terrible. How anyone ever subscribed to me I will never know. However, over time it started to grow and I decided I was in a position where I could help other people get the best from their gardens.
I decided to start making instructional videos to help other people, UK Here We Grow was born. I am now 44 years old and have been gardening since I was 7 It is amazing the tips and tricks you pick up along the way. Afterall 37 years gardening is a long time, and more than most people’s careers.
The whole idea behind my YouTube channel, This website, or one of the many social media platforms I run. Is to inspire you to try and grow your own nutrient-dense foods or get that garden of your dreams. So why not join me by subscribing to my channel? Follow my journey while learning techniques, skills and tips to make your own journey that much better.
Hopefully, I will speak to you soon. Remember folks You Reap What You Sow