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Filter winter gales

Plant shelterbelts of shrubs or multi-stemmed trees to filter winter gales down to a gentle breeze, protecting vegetable crops and allowing you to grow a greater variety of plants in your garden. Place they carefully and they’ll also screen eyesores such as wheely bins, ugly fencing and walls.

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Plant of the Week: Bromeliads

Bromeliads are rainforest plants, closely related to the pineapple, and are epiphytes – plants which grow on other plants, using their roots just to anchor themselves in place and collecting water and nutrients from rainwater.

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Colour your garden by planting winter bedding

Planting winter bedding is one of the best ways to fill your garden with colour through the winter months!

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What to do in the garden in November?

The first whisper of winter’s cold is on the breeze, but not to worry: November is a month of cosy indulgences from bonfires and flame-coloured trees to the rich flavours of the autumn harvest.

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Plant of the Week: Cyclamen

These low-growing, shade-loving woodlanders are instantly recognisable with their swept-back shuttlecock blooms in pink, red and white.

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Leaves: the final bounty of the gardening year

The falling autumn leaves bring the final bounty of the gardening year: the raw materials for lovely, crumbly leafmould, one of the gardener’s best-kept secrets.

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Plant of the Week: Tulip

Choose tulips to flower at different times to extend the season and you can enjoy them from early April to late May.

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Prime your pumpkins

Prime your pumpkins: Ireland is gearing up for its annual Halloween festival and this year promises to be a cracker!

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Dwarf winter-flowering irises

Dwarf winter-flowering irises are among the very first spring bulbs to appear and are particularly good for pots.

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Install an insect hotel

Install an insect hotel in your garden to provide a sheltered spot for wildlife to take cover for the cold winter months.

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