Nicky Kyle

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Consider drying fruit during abundant harvests

After last year’s drought, I promised myself that I’d never, ever give out about our rainy climate again. Not a word. So I’m not going to bemoan the r(...)

The spectacular display of produce at the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Photograph: Jonathan Hession

How totally terrific are your tomatoes this year? The reason I ask is that the utterly splendiferous annual event that is the Totally Terrific Tomato(...)

Sheltered beneath that all-important protective skin of glass or polythene sheeting, plants enjoy a modified microclimate that facilitates growth.

If you’re the proud owner of a polytunnel or glasshouse, then you’ll already know that undercover gardening marches to the beat of a very different dr(...)

David Austin rose ‘Strawberry Hill’ from Mr Middleton – €22

I used to think that when it came to the chore of Christmas present shopping, buying a gift for the green-fingered person in your life was as easy-pea(...)

Watering cans at the ready. There are many rain barrels/water butts, which can be easily sourced from good garden centres and local authorities.  Photo Credit Richard Johnston

Phew. It’s finally over. Or at least it’s over for now. By which I mean this summer’s prolonged drought and searing temperatures, a testing time for (...)

The Dublin garden of Olive and Alan Fitzpatrick. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

There aren’t many suburban Dublin gardens that have weathered the recent prolonged drought unscathed. Instead everywhere in our capital city are sign(...)

View along the double herbaceous border at Altamont’s walled garden in Co Carlow, which is managed by nurseryman Robert Miller. Photograph: Richard Johnston

There are some gardens that slowly seep into your soul to occupy a special place in your affections. Altamont in Ballon, Co Carlow, the former home of(...)

Growing in an Irish climate, with a little help from a polytunnel

A number of books, blogs, Twitter and Instagram feeds are inspiring a new generation of Irish gardeners to push the boundaries of hardiness by experim(...)

Finish pruning summer-fruiting  blackberries to encourage them to grow new canes next spring.

Did you know that “dirt” – by which I mean soil – is the new Prozac? It’s all down to a rather remarkable, naturally-occurring soil bacterium by the (...)

North Dublin based competitive dahlia grower Christopher White examines some of his show dahlias. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Lines of neatly labelled vases filled with picture-perfect gladioli, roses and dahlias, vegetables arranged like Dutch still lifes, polished jars of (...)

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