Beds for bedding: Novel ideas for planters in your home

Kya de Longchamps explores some novel ideas for DIY planters at home and most of them are free

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Grit and bear it, dry weather's on the way

Peter Dowdall says invest wisely in plants that will help repel the effects of poor drainage and mildew

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Clare Garden Festival highlights mental wellbeing

Fiann Ó Nualláin looks forward to one of the best weekends of the year

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Bees’ winter of discontent: Keepers counting the costs after a harsh season

The extended period of cold and wet weather has left the beekeeping community counting the cost in their hives, writes Mary O’Riordan

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Wild ways: New Eco Rangers programme gets the kids outdoors

Helen O’Callaghan looks at Eco Rangers, a Bord na Móna programme that aims to reconnect kids with the great outdoors.

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Richard Collins: Big cat is a solution to India’s rabid dog problem

INDIA’S Rudraprayag leopard killed its first victim, a villager from Benji, in 1918. This notorious cat would go on to devour at least 125 other unfortunates ...

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Donald Hickey: A life of fishing on Shannon

“ALL before me have been boatmen and fishermen, so it’s heritage really.” The words of Harry Blackwell whose family have been pilots guiding ships ...

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The Islands of Ireland: Pining for the island in the river

The jetty is a bit shaky and the timbers are rotted in places, but the wooden structure is sound enough to permit visitors to Illaunslea, Kenmare Bay, Co Kerry.

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Damien Enright: A happy ever after ‘tail’ of giant lizards of La Gomera

When I look up at the almost sheer, 2,500 foot, 750m, vegetation-naked cliffs of the escarpment of La Merica above the wild (and naked bathers’) beach of Playa ...

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This year has been a washout

Gardening has dried up because of the persistent rain and occasional snow, says Fiann Ó Nualláin, who shamelessly proclaims that he hasn’t done ...

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Fair days to lift gloom

Boosted with the hope of finer weather, Peter Dowdall can’t wait to go in search of a particular impatiens.

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5 essential tools to make light work of spring gardening

As gardeners gear up to tackle their post-winter to-do lists, Hannah Stephenson rakes in some top buys to make tackling the tasks much easier.

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Damien Enright. Quixotic Rocinante tilts at fair harbour in La Gomera

The owners of Rocinante, a 17m long ketch, asking price €50,000, are a rum crew, with a story behind them, writes Damien Enright.

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Donal Hickey: Flora and fauna hurt Killarney

People with even a casual familiarity with one of our best national parks will be aware of two chronic problems — the growth of the deer population and rhododendron ...

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Richard Collins: Finding ways to save birds from wind turbines

Technology created the problem. Can it do anything to reduce it? asks Richard Collins

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The islands of Ireland: Forgotten archipelago in Roaringwater Bay

Dan MacCarthy discusses Carthy’s Islands in Roaringwater Bay

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Wouldn't be without a Magnolia

Every plant should offer more than just a fleeting moment of beauty — it should bring more than one period of interest each year but in the case of magnolias, ...

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Are our prettiest garden plants just invasive thugs? A new Chelsea garden reveals all

Non-native invasive plants are to feature in a show garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show – so what are they and how can we control them?

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Here's some designer tips for giving your garden a makeover this spring

Garden designer Hilary Thomas offers 5 tips on how to make stylish changes to your garden that will make a real difference later on in the year.

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The Islands of Ireland: Dead man’s island

We love to anthropomorphise the landscape — that is, to give human definition to an inanimate object.

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Interaction with humans changes animals

In 1959, geneticist Dmitry Belyayev began catching silver foxes in Siberia. Keeping them in captivity, he selected the tamest ones and allowed them to breed.

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Nature’s rebirth on hold

April is usually a month of promise, with lengthening days, buds and blossoms and a heightening of wildlife activity.

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Easeful meditation watching a skink’s exotic dance

Skinks catching the sun might be mistaken for dribbles of gold escaped from a smelter. Glossy black skins peppered with gold spots, they are strange creatures, neither ...

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A tern for the better

A hugely successful conservation project has seen an Irish island nominated for a major European award, writes Amy Lewis.

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Richard Collins: Pleasant surprise in the Beast from the East

The Beast from the East brought an unexpected gift; a brambling turned up in the mist net in my back-garden.

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Damien Enright: The harrowing tale of redwing thrushes’ quest for food

In West Cork, it was as warm as the Canary Islands if one was in a sheltered corner or a stoutly built conservatory.

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DONAL HICKEY: Birdsong helps lift the spirits

Every year around this time, a blackbird sings in the evenings from the top of a tall tree within earshot of home.

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The Islands of Ireland: Sing out for Inishmaan

Inishmaan, Co Galway, is a glorious place but it can be challenging too.

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Lettuce alone with all this talk of slugs and snails

Fiann Ó Nualláin says let’s face it — slugs and snails are the bad guys in your garden.

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Up and away in beautiful Ballon at Altamont Gardens

Peter Dowdall visits the spectacular Altamont Gardens.

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