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We’ve certainly had a hard start to winter and I suspect there’s more snow to come but the good news is that a hard winter often means a good summer will follow. However, my attempts at guessing the weather have been consistently wrong in the past so no predictions or refunds if I’m wrong. One… Read more »

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It doesn’t take much for me to start questioning my abilities as a GIYer at this time of the year. I wander around my veggie patch, poking at kale plants with a stick and feeling mightily peeved that there’s nothing much worth eating. And wondering, is there more I could have done? The frustrating thing… Read more »

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How to care for your Fresh Christmas tree this Festive Season—Horkans Lifestyle & Garden Centre, Lydacan, Claregalway. Quality Irish farmed Christmas trees are the best in the world. The Irish climate is perfect for growing beautifully shaped non shedding Christmas trees so much so that the exporting of quality Irish growing Christmas trees is huge… Read more »

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What: The Annual Organic Centre Garden Party 2010 Where: Rossinver, Co. Leitrim When: 18th July 11am – 5pm Guest chef: Neven Maguire Tickets: €8, concession €5, friends and children free The Organic Centre invites to the annual garden party with guided tours, workshops, displays and demonstrations.

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Growing your very own potatoes is both simple and very rewarding; Potatoes come in a wide choice of varieties and flavours with something to suit all tastes. Horkans range of Seed potatoes has been carefully selected to suit the growing conditions in the west of Ireland and to ensure the best varieties for flavour and… Read more »

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Hi there, welcome again to the Nuacht Chláirs gardening section. Spring has sprung at last, albeit with a hint of frost. Trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and other plants are starting to awaken. Let me now awaken your interest in this issues VIP (very important plant). Berberis darwinii Berberis darwinii is commonly known as ‘Darwin’s bearberry’,… Read more »

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Hi, welcome to the Nuacht Chláir’s new gardening section. Join me each issue for an indepth plant profile, some plants old and some plants new. No matter how long these plants have been in existence, all are sure to enhance your garden during the following months. Each issue I will also provide you with diary… Read more »