“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese proverb What does the term ‘Bare root’ mean? Put simply, it means plants that have been grown in open ground, then dug up for despatch and planting during the dormant season. They are called ‘bare-root’ […]

Beginning in this issue, Mags Riordan of Bumblebee Farm is going to guide us all through the planning, planting and caring of a bed for cut flowers. By the time summer arrives the bed should boast an abundance of pollinator-friendly flowers ready for cutting and enjoying. The glorious weather in […]

Following on from my last article, which covered preparing your home for Christmas, I was going to write about new trends for 2021 in this article  but I’ve decided to leave that until after Christmas. Instead let’s focus on the here and now and try to brighten up our homes […]

By Mike Collard of Future Forests Hedges have been planted and tended for a long time in Ireland. It is likely that man was deliberately planting trees as long ago as the Bronze Age. The origins of the first ‘plant nursery’ are lost in the depths of time. Was it […]

Not the most promising word – waste. ‘Unusable or unwanted material’ says the dictionary. Our world is knee-deep in waste problems; that’s for sure! This includes edibles: ‘1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year,’ according to www.theworldcounts.com. This is all the more alarming, as to prepare […]