It may be cold outside, but this is the best time to start growing chilli plants from seed

Sam Smyth of Urban Plant Life surrounded by the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), one of his favourite indoor plants. Photographs: Richard Johnston

Pot plants also add humidity and filter pollutants from our homes and offices

A liquid mix of different beneficial bacteria, yeast and fungi restores life to the soil with wonderful results. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Feeding soil with helpful bacteria will make a difference to your lawns and borders

June Blake’s exciting, contemporary garden in County Wicklow. Photographs: Richard  Johnston

Forget turning over a new leaf, be brave and turn over a completely new garden

It may not be gardening weather, but there’s much to learn and enjoy from your armchair

Claire Ryan (right) and Patsy Wrafter of the Informal Florist. Photographs:  Richard Johnston

The Informal Florist puts emphasis on unconventional, pared-back beauty

Clarke’s Soaps, handmade in Dublin

What garden lovers will be happy to find under the tree this year

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