How to make your garden a plastic-free zone

There are different materials and products out there to help you go plastic-free in the garden. Hannah Stephenson looks at 5 options.

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Kunta Kinteh: A tiny island’s huge impact on world history and culture

ONE of the most famous names from the modern TV era is that of Kunta Kinte, whose fame in television land, for a certain audience, may only be surpassed by JR Ewing ...

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Donal Hickey: It’s in our interest to help bees

Even people with only a slight interest in the natural world seem to be talking these days about varied weather in winter and early spring, which is again highlighting ...

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Damien Enright: Pigeons’ intelligence prove their worth in pecking order

I LEARNED a lot about pigeons last week thanks to the remarkable belligerence of a sparrow. She took umbrage at a pigeon pecking the pavement near her, a fat, well-groomed ...

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Green architect creating eco-friendly buildings was ahead of his time

Kevin Roche was creating eco-friendly buildings long before they became the norm, says Eve Kelliher.

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In praise of the shamrock: A little plant that grew into a famous symbol

Our relationship with the shamrock is older than our relationship with Christianity, writes Fiann Ó Nualláin.

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How to transform a garden shed in a few simple steps – and 7 ways to use the spruced up space

There’s much more to sheds than cobwebs, unused bikes and rusting toolkits. The possibilities are endless, says Luke Rix-Standing.

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8 gardening myths it’s time to stop believing

The soil moves in mysterious ways, but these particular garden legends have been debunked, says Luke Rix-Standing.

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Caring for pots of joy: Growing attractions of becoming a ‘plant parent’

As a self-described longtime 'plant dad', Peter Dowdall extolls the growing attractions of becoming a 'plant parent'.

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Infamous Irishman’s part in the slave trade

How a scholar in Greek language and literature who studied at Trinity College Dublin became involved in an infamous incident in the notorious African slave trade ...

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Garden birds refuse to be boxed in

With a few exceptions, all the birds of town parks and gardens belong to a single branch of the avian family tree. They are known as the ‘passerines’. ...

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Salmon numbers declining despite best efforts

Despite various conservation efforts and bans on fishing, we now have fewer wild salmon than even a decade ago and many reasons are being put forward for the continuing ...

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Changeable temperatures herald ‘confused’ climate

I don’t know why we bothered to go to the Med for part of the winter when we could have been sunbathing in Ireland, at least up to two weeks ago. Now, we hear ...

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Public places beyond wildest dreams

Transforming public spaces into wild areas benefits everyone, according to Peter Dowdall.

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Get wise about growing sage

Fiann Ó Nualláin is a fan of this hardy perennial that has a variety of both culinary and medicinal uses.

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The buzz around pollination

Bees are under threat in Ireland, but a handful of experts are now marshalling an army of volunteers all over the island to protect these miniature wonders, writes ...

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Want to pimp your front door? 5 tips for using plants to make an entrance

Plants can be used to create showstopping front doors – here’s how.

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The plants that brave the elements to adapt to their local climate

Plants need to be able to tolerate everything the local climate has to throw at them, says Peter Dowdall.

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A call to arms against invaders lurking in your garden

Inspired by the Roman god of war, Fiann Ó Nualláin is determined to do battle against pests.

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Clonmel gives refuge to insects

Ray Ryan reports on award-winning efforts by Clonmel Tidy Towns committee to create refuges for pollinating insects.

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By night, Ibiza is a delight, but don't spend every day there

Last night, I went for a full-moon walk on this largely idyllic isle of Ibiza. It was with a group of 11 (or 12, counting a happy two-year old in a baby rucksack) ...

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Fish, mirrors, and test of self-awareness

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute claim that fish have passed the ‘mirror test’. Cleaner wrasse, just a few centimetres long, are the first of their ...

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DONAL HICKEY: Address the burning question

People living in the foothills of mountains where gorse fires, many illegal, burn dangerously close to their homes are again waiting with trepidation to see what ...

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Islands of Ireland: Off with his head

This week we leave Ireland’s rocky shores and expand this series to take in global islands where Irish people have had a strong influence, whether malign or ...

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Spring has sprung: Use the new season turn your garden into an environmentally sound patch

The new season offers the chance to make our gardens more environmentally sound, says Peter Dowdall

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