Should you buy plants on sale in garden centres?

Discount racks in garden centres may seem a haven for straggly specimens, but you can pick up some bargains, Hannah Stephenson discovers.

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Donal Hickey: Royals inspire clean-up

Isn’t it amazing how the Government, which keeps telling us it is short of money, can produce cash at the drop of a proverbial royal hat! For certain things.

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Richard Collins: Is REM as critical as sleep time it comes with?

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

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Damien Enright: Super-abundant life on the seashore endlessly fascinating

Twenty eight years ago, returning to Ireland after 32 years abroad, I found a house facing the sea with the garden wall no more than 6m from the high tide mark.

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Islands of Ireland: Time and tide wait for none

Among the more resonant placenames in Irish history is Killala Bay.

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Don’t forget to stop and reflect on your garden

You can learn a lot from garden shows, but Peter Dowdall reckons you need time to sit back and reflect too.

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5 insects that could be good news for your garden

It’s National Insect Week (June 18-24) – and some creepy-crawlies deserve to be celebrated, says Hannah Stephenson.

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5 things you need to know before buying a pair of binoculars

Binoculars are an essential piece of kit for wildlife holidays. Sarah Marshall quizzes experts from Swarovski Optik for their top tips.

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Looking after your lawn: 3 essential tools to make life easier

Love your lawn? So, get the right tools to help you maintain it in summer. Hannah Stephenson selects three essentials to make the job easier.

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Islands of Ireland: These Buttes were made for walking

The Beara Peninsula doesn’t belong to Planet Earth. Something of this order couldn’t possibly belong to this realm.

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Donal Hickey: Tales from the bog

A few sods of turf we saw scattered on roads in parts of West Cork and Co Kerry, in the past week, told a story.

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Richard Collins: Upheaval can bring about an explosion of new life

Our universe, it seems, came into existence in the Big Bang 13.7bn years ago.

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Fruit skins can prove a-peeling for a variety of garden reasons

Fiann Ó Nualláin reports on how discarded peel can be used as a spray to make your plants stronger.

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Swede-scented Lupin in the garden this summer

Peter Dowdall is smitten by the cottage garden favourite, immortalised in a Monty Python sketch.

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Fancy a mini herb garden? Try growing three of the easiest come-again herbs

If you want to ditch those expensive shop-bought herbs, we show you how to grow three low-maintenance herbs which should come back next year.

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Donal Hickey: Taking on a sticky problem

It probably comes next to dog waste in the disgusting stakes — finding chewing gum stuck on the soles of your shoes or on your clothes.

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Richard Collins: Islands seeing decline in number of seabirds

There were plenty of fulmars on the cliff-ledges of the Blaskets last week, but the waters off Inishnabro and Inishvickillane had fewer seabirds than I remember ...

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Islands of Ireland: Tower of strength on Devenish

Approaching Devenish in Co Fermanagh through the rolling hills, rather than the rolling waves, the conical tip of a round tower peeps above the green fields. This ...

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Damien Enright: Crowing on about animals with human characteristics

Yesterday, my wife and I found a dead hedgehog on the road. It’s a long time since I’ve seen a hedgehog, dead or alive. We used to regularly see squashed ...

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Amazing Bloom as good as Chelsea

The Show Gardens in the Phoenix Park last week were as good as Chelsea, writes Peter Dowdall.

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Diarmuid Gavin: Ten dos and don’ts when it comes to garden design

The TV gardener talks to Hannah Stephenson about his own mistakes over the years, and how others can avoid pitfalls in their plots.

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10 of the best gardening gifts for Father’s Day

Check out our pick of the crop of gifts for your gardening dad thisFather’s Day.

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Sailing to the now unpopulated island of Sherky

Dan MacCarthy visits Sherky Island off the coast of Co Kerry.

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New guide to our shoreline

More people are also caring about the seashore nowadays as evidenced by the success of the Clean Coasts programme, writes Donal Hickey.

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Getting up close and personal with the sharks

IN 1943,Jacques Cousteau co-invented the aqualung, the self-contained breathing apparatus which revolutionised underwater exploration, writes Richard Collins.

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Our beautiful island does indeed hold 40 shades of green

A visit to old friends in their remote farmhouse in south Sligo was like a foreign holiday, says Damien Enright.

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The must-have tools and techniques for the DIY job in the garden

Keep it simple while you acquaint yourself with the tools and techniques you will need for DIY. If you select the job that is compatible with your abilities, you’ll ...

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The winning gardens with stunning displays at the Chelsea Flower Show

Peter Dowdall on the NSPCC winner and other stunning display’s at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

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All in the mind: Gardening can help keep your brain healthier

The mental and social aspects of the past-time are as important as the physical, says Fiann Ó Nuallain.

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The wonders of roaming around a Wicklow garden tour

Rose Martin finds herself gushing during a two-day garden tour that was full of colour and sunshine.

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6 home hacks for pollen-proofing your garden

How can you have a sneeze-free green space if you suffer from hay fever? Hannah Stephenson looks at the options.

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Damien Enright: Welcome return of elvers recorded on bit of tech genius

One of the best short videos of a humpback whale leaping vertically, full body, out of the sea was taken just outside Courtmacsherry Bay by a visitor aboard Mark ...

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Islands of Ireland: The world is your Oyster

Two figures steeped in the seafaring tradition stand guard at Rosses Point, Co Sligo.

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Donal Hickey: Beautiful aromas in the woods

Walking in woodlands these days you will sense a variety of smells, some pleasant, others not so nice. In the latter category comes wild garlic which you will definitely ...

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Richard Collins: Distant cousins brighter than we thought

In 1924, a stone with mysterious lines on it was found at the Kiik-Koba cave site in Crimea.

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