Tyres are a curse on landscape

Doing a bit of travelling around the country it was hard to ignore the huge amount of discarded tyres blighting the landscape.

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Penguins are paying the price for human interference in nature

Having exhausted the fruit and berry crops of their Nordic homelands, waxwings are heading southwards, writes Richard Collins.

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Quakers or monks, parakeets are a noisy lot

I’m just back from a winter escape to Malaga in the south of Spain. Soon after I arrived I heard an unfamiliar bird sound, says Dick Warner.

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Pesto and soup recipes made from nettles

 

Valerie O’Connor extols the benefits of the common nettle in a few zesty recipes that will tickle your palate and improve overall health.

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Tips on the move from trays before planting out fully

Fiann Ó Nualláin says it’s now time to shift seedlings from trays to an intermediate home before planting.

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The great ground force at the Garden and Landscape Designers Association event

 

Peter Dowdall has a stimulating day out at the Garden and Landscape Designers’ Association seminar.

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Sometimes the circle of life needs a little bit of fortune

THOSE ancient gods, the sun and moon, appear as circles in the sky, writes Richard Collins.

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Duhallow students exemplars of the Green School initiative

A HEARTENING sign of hope is that so many young people are growing up with an appreciation of the natural world, hugely boosted by initiatives like Green Schools, writes Donal Hickey.

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Spring is sprung ... and the frogs are hopping to it

EVERY year in Ireland we get a phoney spring, says Dick Warner

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Nature Table: Violets

Violets are well-known spring wild-flowers but in fact there are five native species and some of them are quite hard to tell apart and others are very restricted in where they grow. 

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It’s a privilege to travel among dignified Ethiopians

LAST week, I said I’d be writing my next column from Ethiopia, and indeed I am, writes Damien Enright.

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Vanquish the varroa mite with vapour

Mary O’Riordan tries out a new method to eliminate one of the greatest threats to the native Irish bee population — the varroa mite.

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Sprouts are full of nutrients and vitamins, and easy to grow at home

 

Valerie O’Connor shows how to make quick and easy sprouted grains and legumes at home — powerhouses for health and vitality.

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Timing is everything when planting your beds

Fiann Ó Nualláin says the garden waits for no man and now is the time to get your beds ready to set.

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Secrets of the past unlocked in old bones

Bones can reveal a lot about the animals we once shared the planet with, the ones humans never got to meet and even a lot about the human race we are as yet unaware of, says Dick Warner.

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Drones serve a significant purpose to the outdoors

Donal Hickey believes the technological advancements in drones could have a significant impact on Ireland’s vegetation, if used properly.

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Roadrunner, coyote is after you!

Despite its reluctance to fly, the roadrunner is not in danger and Richard Collins tells us how the grounded bird keeps thriving.

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I’m popping off to Ethiopia, but enjoy a riveting spring

Damien Enright is heading off to roam the highlands and lowlands of Ethopia but not before he leaves you with some springtime inspiration.

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These 6 spices will get you biochemically in the mood for sex

Taking a break from the gardening to celebrate the patron saint of love, Fiann Ó Nualláin suggests spices that may help to rev the engines this coming Valentine’s Day — and not a love heart in sight, either. 

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It's not all about flowers, leaves have beauty too

Peter Dowdall says its time to think of colourful summer foliage and time to re-invent an old annual. 

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Valentine treats. Nothing says Valentine’s Day more than chocolate

Valerie O’Connor goes for dark beans, dark chocolate and decadent truffles on lover’s day.

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VIDEO: Planting coleus seeds for Summer bedding

Summer isn't too far away and Peter Dowdall has got some more great advice of what you can plant now, to reep later.

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Birds of a feather flock together at the West Cork Bird Race

Over 100 species of bird were spotted at the West Cork Bird Race, writes Damien Enright.

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The rivalry of female killer whales

A young female is only loosely related to the other members of her pod, because they all have different fathers, writes Richard Collins.

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How to find flighty frogs

The common frog is the only species of frog found in Ireland and is listed as an internationally important species, writes Donal Hickey.

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Irish birds go nuts for feeding

Irish wild birds have acquired some very exotic tastes, writes Dick Warner.

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Time for a closer look at seed sowing pitfalls and solutions

Fiann Ó Nualláin explains how to get seed to germinate, looks at thinning and helping plants to thrive.

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Pulmonaria a valuable addition to any garden

Peter Dowdall is all for warding off evil, discovering witches, or for a spectacular display — what a pick!

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