How some home truths can help save the planet

By nurturing our gardens and ‘rewilding’ our own spaces, we can help save the planet, says Peter Dowdall.

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Fixing leeks in the cold snap

Chilly weather can sweeten or mellow some winter vegetables, writes Fiann Ó Nualláin.

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Stringy scale insect ‘first new garden pest of 2019’

The Royal Horticultural Society says it is not thought to cause any problems for the host plant beyond the way it looks.

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How to have your wisteria dripping with beautiful blooms

Make your wisteria a cut above the rest by pruning it now, with the help of this simple guide.

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Islands of Ireland: Impressions of a shooting on Chapel Island, Bantry Bay

Bantry Bay: A beautiful vista with five green islands of various sizes decorating the harbour.

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Licence for a dog, not tiger!

The discovery of a California king snake on the beach at Youghal, Co Cork, earlier this month, again highlighted a continuing craze among a minority of people for ...

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Healing power of some Irish soils no piseog

Despite many piseogs, Irish soil doesn’t have supernatural healing powers.

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Visit to a seafood stall recalls warning ‘here be krakens’

My wife says that fish costs twice as much here in Ibiza as it does in Ireland. Ibiza, readers will know, is also surrounded by the sea.

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How to extend flowering season in your garden by staggering bulb planting

Planting bulbs at different times will extend the flowering season in your garden, writes Peter Dowdall.

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Beat those cravings: A timely eye on the gardener’s waistline

Our bodies crave carbs during the dark winter months — but some herbs and teas can help fight the pangs and get you fit for gardening again, writes Fiann Ó ...

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Gardening in the climate-change era: 5 expert tips to adapt your outdoor space

Unsure what climate change means for your plants? Garden designer Sue Townsend offers some advice…

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Islands of Ireland: Middle Calf’s room with a view

It is an odd name for an island as though nothing of its own character is sufficient to define it. Only by reference to its fellows, and vice versa, does it gain ...

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Winter light in Ibiza will do the cranky soul well

A man paying for his groceries at a supermarket checkout asks the cashier: “Can I have a plastic bag, please?”

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Winds of change blow for plant survival

The windscreen of my father’s Ford prefect was peppered with dead insects. Even short journeys, especially nocturnal ones, added to the carnage.

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Nature can save planet earth

Everyone wants to save the planet from global warming, and the focus has been on reducing fossil fuels for energy creation. This trend is likely to continue, but ...

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A fondness for the flowers of winter

If you have a fondness for the flowers of winter, the annual Snowdrop Gala in Tullow is a must, writes Peter Dowdall.

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Three wise gifts and the miracleof nature

Fiann Ó Nualláin takes a closer look at the healing properties of those generous offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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Island Roy of the rovers

Island Roy is nestled in the southern reaches of Mulroy Bay near the village of Carrigart in the far north of the country. About 20km from Letterkenny.

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Otherworldly ambience of a Mediterranean island

This Christmas we’re in Ibiza, a sentimental journey for me. When I first lived here in the early 1960s, nobody north of the Pyrenees knew where it was or ...

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Late-night intruder to home was a redshank

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Blight of the windfarm on communities

Many people will celebrate the new year tonight, but others in rural communities are living in a state of anxiety about what 2019 will bring.

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10 top garden trends for 2019

As we ring in the New Year, Hannah Stephenson asks the experts to predict what’s going to be ‘growing’ in popularity over the next 12 months.

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The holly tree needs protection

IN recent years, it has become ever more difficult to find holly if you go looking for it in the countryside. Yet, in national parks and woodlands, you can see where ...

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Feathered friends opt for same-sex nests

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, has reached the age of 68. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the world’s oldest known bird arrived back at her breeding ...

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The islands of Ireland: On a wing and a prayer at Turbot Island

Turbot Island, Co Galway, has a very important place in aviation history being the first sighted land for the very first trans-Atlantic flight by John Alcock and ...

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Perhaps we’re bird-brained for giving this heron such care

Are we mentally deficient, my wife and I, or are we apprentice angels who, when we pop off, will grow heron-wings and soar skyward to a heron heaven where our human ...

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