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Remove algae and pond weed from water features

Remove algae and pond weed from water features to keep them looking at their best. Algae turns water an unattractive green. Natural solutions which won’t harm fish or wildlife, such as floating barley pads on the surface of the water or using liquid additives and extracts in the water to subtly change the water’s pH, making it unattractive to algae. But the best way to prevent it is simply to grow more pond plants: aim to keep about a third of t...

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One of Ireland’s most important historic gardens is to open again

One of Ireland’s most important historic gardens is to open again after a full restoration that aims to return them to their full glory after decades of neglect.

The Shackleton Gardens, a 1 ½ acre walled garden at Beech Park in Clonsilla, west Dublin, were created 200 years ago by skilled plantsman David Shackleton, a relative of the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. They housed his collection of choice alpines, tender exotics and other ra...

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Cut herbs to store for winter

Cut herbs to store for winter right now and keep that just-snipped, fresh-from-the-garden flavour in your cooking all winter long.

Storing Herbs

It might seem early to be thinking about winter storage, but herbs are at their absolute peak this month. Pick as large a bunch as you can from leafy herbs like basil, marjoram, mint, coriander, parsley, dill and chervil, preferably in the morning when they're full of essential oils and at t...

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Keep your roses blooming at their peak into autumn

Keep your roses blooming at their peak into autumn with a little extra attention now to keep them flowering and looking at their best through summer and beyond.

Rose bloom

Dead-heading is the single most important thing you can do to keep those flowers coming: removing spent flowers encourages more buds to form. Snip the flowered stem right back to the next healthy bud below.

If it’s been dry, give each plant a thorough soak...

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Look after your tomatoes well

Look after your tomatoes well at this time of year and they’ll reward you with baskets of gorgeous sun-ripened fruits bursting with juice and flavour.

Tomato care

Go through your plants weekly nipping out any side shoots emerging between the main stem and the leaves. Let them grow and the plant produces lots of greenery at the expense of fruit, so snap them off between thumb and forefinger at no more than 10cm long.

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What to do in the garden in July

Summertime… and the living is easy. The hard work drops away and you have time to relax and enjoy the beautiful garden you’ve created. There are a few small jobs you can be getting on with, though:

General tasks:

  • Edge lawns with edging shears to keep them sharp and neat: lawn edges grow faster than surrounding grass so need trimming more regularly.
  • Clip hedges now that the birds ha...
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One of Ireland’s most delightful gardening festivals gets under way in Galway next week

One of Ireland’s most delightful gardening festivals gets under way in Galway next week, with top-level speakers and superb plants from Ireland’s finest growers on display.

On the programme at the fifth annual Galway Garden Festival this year is a packed programme of speakers including some internationally renowned experts: last year’s lineup included celebrated Dublin gardener Helen Dillon and Carl Wright, the creator of the magical Ca...

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Create an alpine trough

Create an alpine trough to display the tiniest, most delicate beauties of the plant world to perfection, set off against sculptural stone and grit just as they would be in their mountainous homeland.

Alpine trough

You’ll find troughs for alpines at the garden centre here in Youghal made of stone, tufa or lightweight stone-effect plastic. Place a layer of gravel or broken terracotta pots in the bottom, then fill the trough with comp...

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Plant globe artichokes now

Plant globe artichokes now to enjoy one of the gourmet highlights of the veg garden as well as adding a handsome, architectural plant to your back garden display.

Globe artichokes are among the most beautiful of vegetable plants, with jagged silvery leaves which grow a whopping 1.5m tall and wide. They make a striking feature plant, especially when topped with those tall flower spikes: leave a few on the plant to open into huge, brilliant pur...

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Move houseplants outdoors

Move houseplants outdoors for a summer holiday so they come back inside refreshed and ready to give you their usual superb display next winter.

Most houseplants enjoy a spell outside in the warmer weather, including cymbidium orchids, ficus, peace lilies, bromeliads, and Christmas cacti. Keep more delicate, water-sensitive plants like African violets and moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) indoors, though.

Move houseplants outdoors

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