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Dear Fellow Gardeners, In the last few days I’ve been travelling up and down the country participating in garden open days or study days. On Friday I was at the Walled Garden Study day held at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow. The event was organised by the Irish Georgian Society. I learned so much from… Read more »

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Paraic Horkan of Horkan’s Garden Centre warns horse owners to protect their animals from seeds and leaves this Autumn. Sycamore trees have produced an enormous crop of seed this Autumn—Paraic Horkan is warning all horse owners of the risk of poisoning this winter from sycamore seeds after an outbreak of equine atypical myopathy caused by… Read more »

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GIY announces winning community food-growing projects to be funded by the GIY Get Ireland Growing Fund, in partnership with AIB. Seventy-two community based food-growing projects, including voluntary groups, residents associations, schools and hospitals are to benefit from grants of up to €5000 from the GIY (Grow It Yourself) Get Ireland Growing Fund, in partnership with… Read more »

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Lawn moss is a serious problem in all lawns this spring, but help is at hand! Use OSMO Lawn Moss Remover to kill unwanted lawn moss and feed your lawn without forcing growth. Key Steps: Apply OSMO Lime Pellets one week before you apply OSMO Moss Remover. 1 25kg bag of Osmo Lime Pellets covers 200sq yards. OSMO Moss… Read more »

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Midway through the year, your garden should be beginning to look good. Having done all the hard work in March, April, May, be it your vegetable garden, lawn, shrub borders or bedding plants, they should all be thriving now. Your lawn should continue to be mowed weekly as growth is at its peak. You may… Read more »

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Summer has arrived and the cuckoo in a wood near my home heralds its arrival every morning with his call and so too in the garden centre, summer has arrived with people busy getting ready in the garden. A lady told me recently that the most satisfying thing she did in the garden last year… Read more »

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April, the clock has gone forward and with the arrival of the long evenings our interest in the garden has been re-awakened. Trees are beginning to break into leaf and soon you will notice all the flowering cherries and flowering crabs break into bloom. Vegetable Garden You can start planting. Seed potatoes can be still… Read more »

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Welcome to a new year in the garden. Like everybody else I am looking forward to a new year and watching everything burst into life again. Gardening is a great activity to escape from the stresses of life and watch nature in its many forms—be that to see bulbs push their way through from bare… Read more »

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My first wish for this Christmas and New Year is that we won’t get the inclement weather of last year. We recorded a minus 12 frost last December and this combined with the large snow fall, killed a lot of plants outright in peoples gardens. Plants such as Olerias, Pittosporums, Ceanothus, Cordylines, Escallonia, Griselinia were… Read more »

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October, an Samhán,is the month when we start getting frosts and the days begin to shorten. With this comes the end of the growing season with plants going into dormancy. It is usually a good time to plant new material or for moving existing plants. Older gardeners will remember back 20 years ago or so… Read more »

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September, and gardening fever has been overtaken by hurling and football fever! The only grass being talked about is that in Croke Park and the fantastic double is not the beautiful magnolias that flower now but that of the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy cups. So best wishes to the hurlers and footballers that, like… Read more »

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July can be one of the best months to enjoy your garden. It is the month in which we see maximum growth with lots of colour from trees, shrubs and bedding plants. The weather (this is usually our warmest month) can often be conducive to gardening or sitting out, relaxing or having a barbecue. The… Read more »

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