Home, Garden & Environment

Seed bonanza for West Cork school gardens

Posted on: 10th March, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

It is on the agenda of many teachers to build or maintain a school garden. The educational benefits of such a project are undoubted. When all the obstacles like suitable space, sufficient school and parent support are overcome; many projects...

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Bringing back the forest to Cloich na Coillte

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

In spring last year, a small group of people decided to plant a forest in Clonakilty. As most are aware, Cloich na Coillte means stone and woods. The town has so much going for it, beautiful countryside, breathtaking beaches, amazing...

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A visit to Future Forests will bring your garden to life this Spring

Posted on: 5th March, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

It’s such an exciting time of year in the garden, as the buds swell and the days lengthen. This year the outdoors got such a hammering from the elements over the long winter but the delightful signs of Spring are...

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West Cork frog survey

Posted on: 5th March, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

Ireland has only one native frog species, the Common frog, Rana temporaria. It is listed as an internationally important species and is protected under the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and the Irish Wildlife Act (1976, amended 2000). Frogs play an important...

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March in the garden

Posted on: 5th March, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

As we move into March, many perennial plants are coming back to life and seed sowing under cover will also be progressing. Pelargoniums/Geraniums Increased light levels and temperatures should stimulate new growth from overwintered Pelargonium. Plants that were brought indoors...

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Growing your own fuel

Posted on: 10th February, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

Firewood is a renewable resource that was until recent times the primary source of fuel in Ireland. In many countries firewood remains an essential source of energy for heating and cooking. With energy prices in a seemingly endless upwards spiral,...

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Imagine your hot water coming from the stove

Posted on: 10th February, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

The Stokehole Stone Stoves based in Tooreen, Dunmanway is well-known as a pioneer of the revolutionary stone stove (or Finovens as they are also known) – some of which are manufactured here in West Cork. These stone stoves, with their...

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Planning for a seaside garden

Posted on: 10th February, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

Many of us dream of a house with a sea view, whether it is a quaint cottage or a steel and glass designer pad. But the perfect oceanfront home can present a whole range of issues when it comes to...

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