Home, Garden & Environment

Summer Sundays at Deelish

Posted on: 6th May, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

To celebrate their 30th Anniversary in business, Skibbereen’s Deelish Garden Centre is presenting a series of eight talks and workshops given by experts from all over Munster touching on a wide range of gardening activities. Rain Chase, Manager of Deelish...

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Healthy fast growing foods

Posted on: 6th May, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

Above: l-r Justine Sweeney and Kerrie Liao The March meeting of the Clonakilty Grow It Yourself group enjoyed talks and demonstrations by myself, Justine Sweeney and  Kerrie liao from the GIY  steering committee and GIY patron Joy Larkcom. The subjects...

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The Dawn Chorus in Skibbereen

Posted on: 6th May, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

On Sunday May 18, BirdWatch Ireland West Cork Branch will host a National Dawn Chorus Day at Lissard Estate in Skibbereen. It’s an early start with participants asked to meet at 4.30am in car park by the main house (not...

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Gardening in May

Posted on: 6th May, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

May is a very busy month in the garden. As frost disappears, a host of half-hardy plants and vegetable plants shall be ready for planting outdoors. It is one of the main months for planting up hanging baskets, window boxes...

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GIY discovers how worms help Ummera

Posted on: 7th April, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

Anthony Cresswell from Ummera Smoked Products in Timoleague was the guest speaker at the Grow It Yourself (GIY) meeting in February. Nearly 40 years ago, Anthony’s father started smoking salmon, whilst Anthony was working in the wine business. Anthony started...

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BBC forced to admit Irish badger culling programme unsuccessful in reducing bovine TB levels

Posted on: 7th April, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

A controversial cull of badgers in the UK last year has been dealt another blow to its credibility with the admission by the BBC that it was wrong to assert that the cull in the Republic of Ireland, which has...

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Barking up the right tree

Posted on: 7th April, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

2014 marks the 25th Tree Week in Macroom District. Native trees and shrubs from local sources contribute best to preserving local genetic character and because geological diversity is the foundation of biodiversity, local ‘provenance’ best ensures that more trees reach...

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A green-fingered success story

Posted on: 2nd April, 2014 in Highlights

Forty years ago, Bill and Rain Chase moved to West Cork. Bill, an American and student of psychology and Rain, an Australian with a creative streak, kind of fell in to horticulture. “We started with a rundown farm in Rosscarbery...

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