Ripe apples ready for harvesting.   Photograph: iStock

If you’ve ever eaten a ripe plum straight from its parent tree or plucked it from the grassy ground beneath its branches, then you’ll know that it’s a(...)

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(...)

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(...)

A snowdrop emerges from its bulb. File photograph: Getty

Brexit. Is there any other word that provokes such a potent mix of anxiety, ennui, fury and despair? As gardeners it’s made us realise how much we’ve (...)

June Blake’s garden near Blessington, West Wicklow, will also be celebrating its “Month of Tulips” throughout April with a spectacular display of these spring-flowering bulbs.

Canny gardeners will know that one of the most important milestones of the Irish growing year is the vernal equinox, which this year fell on March 20t(...)

Now is the  time to rifle through the pages of the new crop of seed catalogues. Photograph: Richard Johnston

January- that mournful month of small, grey days and an invalid sun that hangs low and weak in the winter sky - is never an easy time of the year for (...)

Freshly harvested courgettes sit next to nasturtiums in an Irish garden. Photo credit Richard Johnsto

If you’re a keen kitchen gardener, you’ll know it has been an exceptionally challenging year for people who like to grow a little of their own food, f(...)

Abbeyleix Bog. ‘My main hope for the future is in community and volunteer-led initiatives like the Abbeyleix Bog project.’ File photograph:  Bord na Móna

National Biodiversity Week which continues until Saturday, is a celebration of Ireland’s native flowers, trees, insects, animals and birds. Environme(...)

Rudbeckia ‘Sahara’, one of the must-have plants to grow from seed this spring. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Despite the cold, dark, mucky misery of an Irish January, I love this time of the gardening year for its newness and its whispered promises of good th(...)

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