Participants in the climate justice caravan walk, which left Ennis, Co Clare, on Saturday and is due in Tarbert, Co Kerry, on Monday April 18th.

A group of activists have begun a 150km trek around the Shannon estuary to highlight its vulnerability – from global warming and pollution – and to br(...)

Rather than buying expensive trays of young transplants from garden centres, raise your own plants from seed. Photograph: Getty Images

As if all the stresses and strains of living through a global pandemic weren’t enough to truly test our powers of resilience, the surge in the cost of(...)

The beautiful dahlia ‘Burlesca’ is well suited to our cool, damp summers. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dark, it’s dismal, but don’t let that put you off. Instead, there’s plenty that can be done in the garden or allotment this (...)

Once dried, seed can be placed into individually labelled paper envelopes. Photograph: iStock

I’ve spent the past few weeks squirrelling away seeds. They fill my pockets, spill in fat heaps from the kitchen table, tumble from trays, bowls, bags(...)

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 (...)

“I owe my new knowledge about geese and cider to Heather Heavenor Swinson, from Midlothian, who on foot of the previous columns, sent me a rather charming card with story attached.”

One of the more unusual Irish contributions to English is a word variously spelt as “Cockagay”, “Cackagay”, “Cackagee”, and in several other ways too.(...)

The French Pantano Romanesco tomato. Illustration: Michael Viney

At least it’s a nice round figure. Indeed, in Chinese culture, so Wikipedia assures me, 88 is also the luckiest figure around, so that their supermar(...)

One of the Large Heath butterflies recorded in Co Kildare. File photograph: Tristram Whyte

Birds, bats, bogs and trees, as well as a unique championship for hedge-laying, are all set to benefit from new biodiversity grants from philanthropi(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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