Home, Garden & Environment

Carbery farmer’s sustainability success story presented in Rome

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Posted on: 6th December, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

Michael and Marguerite Crowley, winners of the 2016 Carbery Quality Milk award were invited to speak at a recent UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) conference. The Crowley’s presented at the LEAP (Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership) seminar in...

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Clean up your act by becoming a ‘zero waster’

Southern Sea Otter
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6-8 week old pup in rehabilitation feeding from bottle
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA

Posted on: 8th November, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

Nobody much likes thinking about the amount of waste generated by seven billion people; the millions of acres of landfill or the effluent and single-use plastics that are turning our oceans into a polluted soup that is ravaging marine life....

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Flowers for nutrition

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Posted on: 8th November, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

What a year it’s been and it’s not over yet! I’m relishing the change in direction into edibles, although our love of and respect for nature and our environment is still paramount – it remains and always will be at...

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West Cork winners at twelfth Annual Pride in Our Community Competition

Sean Murphy President Muintir na Tire presents Bandon Tidy Towns with the Best Town In West Cork Award

Posted on: 8th November, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

Community groups converged from all corners of Cork County to attend this year’s Pride in Our Community Awards in Oriel House Ballincollig last month. The judging team was very impressed with the high standard of the projects involved and found...

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The Garden in November

Posted on: 8th November, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

November brings with it shorter days but do take the opportunity to get new planting done of trees, shrubs, hedging and fruit trees. Planting at this time of year has many positive advantages. There is less watering with shorter days...

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Cosy and safe winter fires

Feet in woollen socks by the Christmas fireplace. Woman relaxes by warm fire with a cup of hot drink and warming up her feet in woollen socks. Close up on feet. Winter and Christmas holidays concept.

Posted on: 11th October, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

Winter is coming and thoughts turn to cosy nights in front of the fireplace. There are lots of great products to help with maintaining and cleaning your stove or fire grate and keeping your fuel safe from the elements! Get the best out of your...

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Divide and conquer

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Posted on: 11th October, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

What a beautiful end to the month of September. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the much appreciated autumnal sunshine. It’s been a mad dash around here getting beds cleared and over-wintering crops in like hesperis, honesty...

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West Cork features on award winning gardener’s podcast show

Peter Donegan, Ingolf Jungmann, ballycommane house and gardens

Posted on: 5th September, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

This summer, West Cork gardeners persuaded award-winning horticulturist Peter Donegan of ‘The Sodshow Garden Podcast’ to not only delay his holidays – in fact to change his destination entirely – but also to come and stay for three days to...

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