The as yet un-named geep (a cross breed of a goat and a sheep) with its mother on Paddy Murphy's farm in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Breeding between the lines

“When the Son of Man shall come in his glory and all the holy angels with him, he shall separate one ...

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Closeup of a flower of a blackthorn, Prunus spinosa blooming

BLACKTHORN(Prunus spinosa)

Dense sprays of blackthorn blossom are lighting up hedgerows around the country at present.

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* Conna & District Flower & Gardening Club will present “Welcome to Spring” By Betty Holden, AOIFA in ...

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Sow-sow weather

MORE often than not, the most daunting part of starting a veggie patch is knowing what to sow, when to ...

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The narrow petals of Magnolia stellata open up in the shape of a star.

Magnolia, you sweet thing

With their elegant flowers on bare branches, Peter Dowdall is smitten with Magnolias and suggests a ...

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Clean up of Dodder rubbish

YOU might, quite understandably, think the litter situation is bad here. But, just consider how much ...

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Blackbirds battle for territory

OVER the past few days my small front lawn has become a disputed territory, something like a miniature ...

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Skibbereen Town and Abbeystrowry

WITH our backs to the Town Hall we set off down Main Street, keeping to the left pavement. Skibbereen ...

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Dead German horses on the battlefield during the First World War and, inset, a horse being lowered on to a ship (of the million British horses shipped across the Channel, only 65,000 returned). Pict: Getty Images

Gatling gun a godsend for horses?

Jo Kerrigan’s recent article on War Horse prompted me to go and see the play. The plot concerns a foal ... This story is enriched with multi-media content

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* East Cork Flower Club are holding a demonstration with Angela Heffron, AOIFA on Monday, April 7, at ...

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Hebe sutherlandii have proven to be hardy and there has been developments in new varieties

Heartbreaking hebes

Now is the time of year to get busy in the garden or you may get overwhelmed, warns Peter Dowdall.

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Follow your nose to find tasty woodland garlic., there's lots of recipes that it will add a special touch to.

Go wild for fresh garlic

IF you go down the woods today you may be sure of a nutritious delicious surprise!

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Finding balance in nature

It might be said that fish and water-attracted birds are about the only wildlife that relish flood conditions. ...

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March of the pine martens

The theory that pine martens prey selectively on grey squirrels and that this can lead to native red ...

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Powerlines- like electric fences in the sky

Canals motorways, even minor roads, can divide animal populations and keep them separate from each other. ...

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Beara reveals its wonderful charms

GLENINCHAQUIN WALK, BEARA PENINSULA, CO KERRY

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* Make and Take wedding flowers for DIY brides is a half-day workshop on April 2, 1.30-6.30pm.

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The common stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) has been a traditional Irish spring tonic for centuries.

Grasp the health power of nettles

Get some spring in your step and boost your energy by eating nettles.

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Plants like rhododendrons need nitrogen and magnesium for strong green leaves and iron will also be necessary.

Keep plants happy with nourished soil

Taking care of your soil will ensure that your plants will thrive.

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