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There’s something irrepressibly joyful about sunflowers. Photograph: Getty Images

Wondering what to do in the garden this week? Here are some ideas to inspire you. Grow some joy There’s something irrepressibly joyful about sunflow(...)

Container-grown plants, including primula (above) are especially at risk of attack from the vine weevil. Photograph: Getty

Instead of relying upon what’s increasingly seen as an old-school approach to controlling garden pests and diseases that uses a nasty arsenal of poiso(...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

The annual autumn rite of bulb planting is an important period in the gardener’s calendar

In the turning of a gardening year, September is the month of reckonings and new beginnings, of bittersweet farewells and fresh starts. Few feel fresh(...)

Polytunnels are valuable pieces of real estate where every square metre of precious growing space should - ideally - be used throughout the year. Photograph: Getty Images

History doesn’t tell us who first figured out that by stretching a skin of taut, transparent plastic over a series of rigid, vertical steel hoops, you(...)

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