Hone your creative skills by planting a living willow structure such as a dome, arch or arbour. Photograph: iStock

1. Make some leaf mould As autumn leaves come tumbling down, now is the time to put that natural beauty to good use in your garden or allotment. Leaf(...)

Harvested garlic. Photograph: Getty

I harvested the garden’s maincrop potatoes last week. Five long, leafy rows of Carolus, a new, high-yielding, flavoursome, blight-resistant variety pl(...)

Growing plants from cuttings is a wonderfully satisfying way to grow your own plants for free.

Lockdown has given us anything, it’s a new appreciation for traditional propagating skills From the lengthy closure of garden centres to th(...)

Freshly-harvested French beans and tomatoes. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Staying home and wondering about useful ways to make the most of your garden? Here’s a list of 10 nutritious, delicious, fast-growing vegetable crops,(...)

Jobs to do in the garden

 Tomatoes: If you can lavish these hungry, thirsty, heat-loving plants with plenty of attention throughout the growing season, then they’ll rewar(...)

Radish

There’s not a lot to be said for the garden in late January. All that mud and rain. Those grey sullen skies. The lack of light. And yet I relish this (...)

Photograph: Getty

If you’re an inveterate seed junkie like me, then you’ll almost certainly have spent the last few weeks relishing the annual post-Christmas horticultu(...)

A wildlife-friendly pond. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Searching for simple, practical ways to garden sustainably? Follow these ten steps to a greener garden 1 Harvest rainwater Yes, we’ve endured an unu(...)

Freshly harvested produce in the walled kitchen garden of Burtown House in Co Carlow. Photograph: Richard Johnston

So it’s farewell to “the tenties”- or whatever you want to call the last decade – and hello to the “twenty-twenties”. But before we bid this dying dec(...)

Ceramic ‘Girl Power Vase’ by For All Womenkind (€35, aprilandthebear.com )

Badly in need of some inspiration when it comes to choosing the perfect gift for the special gardener in your life? Then this one’s for you: Under €3(...)

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