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(...)

Madeline McKeever: ‘It seems to me that those who use chemicals should be regulated, not the people who don’t’

Plant scientist Madeline McKeever sends organic vegetable seeds all over the world from her remote farm on the Turk Head peninsula in west Cork. What(...)

Amaryllis: Plant its giant fleshy bulbs into a pot in the next few weeks and you should have its tall, splendid, lily-like blooms in time for Christmas when the plants make an excellent gift. Photograph: Getty

It’s a funny old business, gardening. So much of it involves planning for the future that it sometimes feels as if we gardeners live our lives in two (...)

“We want more growers, schools, community and allotment gardens to use our seeds to grow Irish heritage vegetables,” says Jennifer McConnell, ISSA general manager

“What if 80 per cent of our food crop varieties become extinct? Well, they already have.” This is the stark introductory sign that people read on arri(...)

Rod and Julie Calder-Potts of High Bank Orchard, Cuffesgrange, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Our supermarkets are laden with apples from South Africa, New Zealand and France because we cannot produce good apples in Ireland. This is the genera(...)

I type these words, large, fat snowflakes are fluttering icily from the sky like a scene out of Mother Goose. So, no kind of weather to garden out of(...)

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