Home, Garden & Environment

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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Now is the time to start sowing the first of the early crops

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

February is the beginning of the planting season for a new year and a thriving vegetable garden can be set in to motion this month. First things first — continue preparing vegetable beds and raised beds for vegetable sowing and...

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40 years of making stuff

Posted on: 16th January, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

“I guess it all started with Lego,” says Toby Hatchett. Designer, builder, cabinet maker and artist Toby Hatchett has always had an unquenchable passion, as he says, “for making stuff”. As a teenager, Toby turned his Lego passion into restoring...

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Time to tidy up

Posted on: 16th January, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

January may have short days but there is always plenty to do in the garden and greenhouse. At this time of year — particularly after this year’s stormy weather conditions — greenhouses should be checked for broken glass and replaced....

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Fungal disease confirmed in Gougane Barra forest

Posted on: 16th January, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

Coillte can confirm that Phytophthora ramorum, a fungal like disease has been detected on Japanese larch in Gougane Barra Forest Park. To prevent the further spread of the disease, control measures are being implemented in accordance with Forest Service, Department...

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