Hardier plants can go into the ground in April.  Photograph: Getty

For those of us who like to grow at least a little of our own food, no month of the gardening year is busier than April. There are vegetable beds to b(...)

toss A COIN OVER WHETHER OR NOT TO MOW THE LAWN, GROW YOUR OWN POTATOES OR JUST START CLIMBING THE WALLS 1: Sow hardy annuals Late March/early (...)

Late February is a great time to sow tomato seed  for planting out in late spring/early summer. Photograph: Getty Images

1. Tackle early tomatoes Did you know that tomatoes are also known as ‘pommes d’amour’ or ‘apples of love’? Late February is a great time to sow seed(...)

This is a good time of the year to trim and prune many bushes and trees

Feel like getting your hands dirty? Here are ten ways to kick off the new gardening year. January is Health Month in The Irish Times. Throu(...)

 Cox Pippin apple and orange display market stall display in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Take the convoluted, far-reaching consequences of a global pandemic. Add the painful, messy divorce that is Brexit. The result is a perfect storm for (...)

Who could have guessed that the simple act of plunging your hands into a bag of cool, damp seed compost could give you such a heady rush of endorphins? Photograph: iStock

Which words best sum up 2020? Strange? Exhausting? Heartbreaking? Surreal? Chaotic? All ring depressingly true. Yet if you’re one of the many who last(...)

Lightweight and portable Takibi Fire Pit and Grill by Snow Peak (€380 at superfolk.com).

If you’re wondering what on earth to give the gardener in your life, here is some green-fingered inspiration . . . Serious kit One of the best garde(...)

 Susan Lynch working on her roses which are still in flower in the polytunnel at her home in Oldtown, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The florist and specialist grower Susan Lynch can’t remember a time when she didn’t love roses. Her earliest childhood memories are filled with the si(...)

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(...)

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