Learning begins as sea fog lifts from the west Cork coast

HERE, on the coast, we have sometimes had fog for days, while inland the sun is shining out of china-blue skies. 

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Nature Table: The Wood Blewit

Wood blewits are large woodland mushrooms. 

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Rare red footed arrival takes booby prize

An odd-looking seabird was found, emaciated and shivering, on St. Leonard’s Beach in Sussex, three weeks ago, writes Richard Collins

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Autumn is a fruitful season with newly ripened haws

SOME people find autumn a bit depressing because it signals that summer is over and winter isn’t too far away, writes Dick Warner

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Fiann’s tips for the weekend

Once the tops of your onions have withered, you can lift and dry them in a dry location for about 10 days. I use the poly tunnel for this. Thereafter store in a cool, dark, dry place.

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This week's jobs around the garden

There’s a very special open garden this afternoon, from 1pm to 6pm.

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Time to get nuts about gathering berries

 

Valerie O’Connor advises us to seize the day and gather the abundance of free food coming to fruition in the countryside. 

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Food grower Mick Kelly is a horticultural hero

Fiann Ó Nualláin meets a food grower whose seed of an idea has blossomed into a wonderful movement.

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The gardening bug is as necessary as breathing

 

There will always be people for whom the gardening bug is as necessary as breathing, says Peter Dowdall.

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Is there a biological warfare in your garden?

As gardeners continue to veer towards organic solutions to pest problems, Hannah Stephenson looks at nematodes and how they go some way to tackling difficult pests such as vine weevil and slugs.

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Back gardens boast wildlife in suburban England

On a visit to Manchester, I could not help but notice how numerous and diverse was the wildlife in my son’s back garden in Sale, Altrincham.

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Coastal tales from Kerry

On a glorious, sunny day recently in the Dingle Peninsula, I met two young German men who were admiring the view from Ceann Sibeal (Sybil Head). They didn’t know they were standing at the location of a Star Wars movie set, earlier in the summer.

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Mars fantasist Percival Lowell has last laugh

November sees the centenary of Percival Lowell’s death. 

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Gardens thrive on diversity

When it comes to choosing plants to create a garden that’s hospitable for wildlife, you are generally advised to chose native species rather than immigrant ones. I have given this advice myself many times in talks and articles.

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Exciting times lie ahead for Aran Islands cheese producer Gabriel Faherty

Valerie O’Connor meets a man who isn’t kidding around with a cheese business on the Aran Islands.

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This week's jobs around the garden

Autumn is traditionally the best time to plant in the garden for several reasons. 

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Fiann’s tips for the weekend

* We are getting close to the last flush of warmth and of day length suitable for ripening outdoor tomatoes. So why not try a homemade reflector – a strip of tin foil stuck to some thin ply to reflect some extra light their way.

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Tips on how to keep next year’s seeds save

Fiann Ó Nualláin on why you should allow your crops to bear fruit and keep next year’s lunch in a lunchbox.

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There's nothing more meaningful to give a loved one than a plant or a tree

Every family has a particular time of the year don’t they, a particular month or two when nearly all the birthdays and anniversaries happen. 

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Nature Table: Indian Balsam

Also known as Himalayan Balsam, this attractive plant is a garden escapee which is on the official invasive aliens list. It grows mainly on river banks but occasionally on waste ground away from water.

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