Home, Garden & Environment

Precious water — a New Year’s wish for West Cork

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

Chemicals abound in our homes, cars, workplaces, in agriculture and industry. In essence, they are almost a part of us at times. The water we bathe in and drink is a valuable asset that is taken for granted. We also...

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Chimney fires pose a serious risk

Posted on: 3rd January, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

It’s very important to pay careful attention to the cleaning of your stove and chimney to assure the safe and efficient use of this heat source and protect your home. According to the National Safety Council (NSC) almost one in...

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Christmas at Future Forests

Posted on: 3rd January, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

Enjoy the ultimate decelerated shopping experience and take a trip to Future Forests in Kealkil during the Christmas break. With time at home and the weather usually good, it’s a great time of year for planting; get all the family...

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December reminders in the garden

Posted on: 3rd January, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

1. Ensure glasshouses and polytunnels are secure. Replace broken or missing glass. Repair torn polythene. 2. Check your glasshouse heaters are in full working order. 3. Prune apples and pears. Check for canker infections. Clean up infections with a wire...

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Divide and conquer

Posted on: 2nd January, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

You can and should divide rhubarb plants every four or five years to give the plants more room and reinvigorate them. The best time to do this work is when the plant is dormant so November to February will work....

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Alice Taylor plants her garden in the pages of a new book

Posted on: 2nd January, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

The Gift of the Garden is a reflective and uplifting account by Alice Taylor of her love of nature and gardening. In her newest book, the Innishannon author brings her garden to life with a fascinating collection of stories about...

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Fir Ever

Posted on: 2nd January, 2014 in Home, Garden & Environment

The simple origins and meanings of the Christmas tree — the fashionable accessory of 19th Century aristocracy —still resonate as part of our Christmas western ideal. Its evolution is based around pre-Christian pagan cultural practices of adorning homes and places...

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Dress your home with Christmas decorations

Posted on: 31st December, 2013 in Home, Garden & Environment

Dressing the tree is one of the nicest things to do with your family at Christmas time, especially if you have decorations collected or handmade over the years that hold memories or have special meaning. Try out Karen’s amazing edible...

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