Fiann Ó Nualláin discovers a source of natural aromatherapy in the garden that’s available all year roundRead article
Valerie O’Connor says peas are easy to grow — shove them in soil and give them something to hold, water them well, and watch them go
Peter Dowdall kicks off this year's Open Gardens for Marymount trail with a visit to a Carrignavar stunnerRead article
Kya deLongchamps reveals Ireland’s special claim to fame and the dramatic role it played in colonising the Earth before the Age of the DinosaurRead article
Domenikos Theotokopoulos, from Crete, was known as ‘El Greco’ in Toledo. Now another Greek shares the famous nickname: ‘El Graeco’ is short for Graecopithecus freybergi. The dental records of this ape-like pre-human, who lived in the Eastern Mediterranean area, have put the cat among the anthropological pigeons.Read article
One morning three weeks ago, in the Okanagan Valley in the Canadian Rockies, my wife and I woke in our son’s makeshift but comfortable camper van and looked out to see, between us and distant snow-capped mountains, a vast lake glittering and winking in the sun.Read article
Anyone growing up in the rugged splendour of the Dingle Peninsula must surely be moulded and inspired by such surroundings, as the late footballer and native son, Paidí Ó Sé, often opined.Read article
Kya deLongchamps cuts through a sward of information to bring the short story on mighty mowers, ride-on tractors and sleek supercar-styled robotics.
Allium schoenoprasum are also known as chives, onions and garlic, says Peter Dowdall.Read article
Apple trees will soon begin to drop some of their unripe fruit. There’s little to fear, writes Fiann Ó Nualláin, as this natural shedding can ensure a healthier crop come harvest time.Read article
Valerie O’Connor goes wild on a Wednesday with ‘Wild Kitchen’ owner and forager, Oonagh O’Dwyer.Read article
Meadowsweet is starting to come into flower and will continue to bloom until the early autumn.Read article
Warnings about dangers posed to Irish wildlife by non-native species — most recently highlighted by the reports on the presence of the South American rodent, coypus, in Cork — continue to be realised, writes Donal Hickey.Read article
After a long flight west to east, it takes 36 or 48 hours for the body clock and brain to catch up, writes Damien Enright.Read article
THE kraken of Norse legends and Scylla and Charybdis of ancient Greece were not just mythical beasts, writes Richard Collins.Read article
The other day, I had an extraordinary encounter with a bird. I opened the front door early in the morning to go out and feed the hens and, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed something bright blue in the shade of a potted plant on the doorstep.Read article
Fiann Ó Nualláin uses common plants against common pests.Read article
Valerie O’Connor marvels at the sculptures and macabre placements that make up Des Kingston’s winning design for the RTÉ series at Bloom.Read article
It’s the flagship show for garden design and gardening in Ireland and as it’s run by Bord Bia it has found a suitable bedfellow in the food industry.Read article
The British Columbian wilderness is a paradise, writes Damien Enright.Read article
Usually the cuckoo arrives early in the part of the country where I live, and leaves early too.Read article
Is this a new trend? asks Donal Hickey.
When the Little Red Hen found a grain of wheat in the farmyard, she asked the pig, the dog and the goat to help her plant it. They refused.Read article
Some garden shows have deeper roots than others but all have grown and thrived, writes Peter Dowdall.Read article
Fiann Ó Nualláin talks with the doyenne of organic gardening on her ground-breaking work’s re-issue.Read article
Kya deLongchamps goes with the flow and finds a veritable stream of good ideas when it comes to adding a splash to your outdoor paradise.
The ‘awesome’ word is unavoidable on Canada’s west coast. Almost every sight one sees is awe-inspiring, writes Damien Enright.Read article
The wars of the rodents, like the Wars of the Roses, have been long drawn-out affairs. Nor do they show much sign of ending any time soon; a jihad against a newly arrived furry pest is underway in Cork, writes Richard Collins.Read article
Numbers of red deer in the two main herds in the lowland areas of Killarney National Park are now believed to be higher than ever, writes Donal Hickey.