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Pots of young seedlings ready to be pricked out. Photograph: Richard Johnston

While coronavirus has brought many traumatic changes to our world, it has also served as a powerful reminder of how intimately our lives are bound to (...)

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,(...)

St Patrick’s Day traditionally marks the start of the potato-planting season in Ireland.  Photograph: Getty Images

Itching to get going in the garden this week? Here are ten green-fingered ways to celebrate the arrival of another growing season: 1 Plant some prata(...)

Cluain na dTor gardens in Donegal. Photograph: Seamus O’Donnell

There are times, surrounded by the gloomy, grey drip-drip of an endless Irish winter, when I wonder what it would be like to live in a country with an(...)

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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 (...)

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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(...)

Avoid putting out very salty, stodgy or highly processed foods in the feeder.

It’s at this time of year, when frosts silver the trees and the garden slumbers, that I become a birdwatcher. Not the sort that requires sturdy waterp(...)

Peony in flower. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

In the turning of an Irish gardening year, I always think of October as the gateway month, its weeks filled with the bittersweet beauty of autumnal de(...)

Garlic ready for planting. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Autumn is an excellent time to plant edible bulbous plants in the kitchen garden or allotment for harvesting next year. The shining example is garlic (...)

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