Monthly Archives: May 2013

Dye Invader Dye!!

How about we harvest out the invasive species for their craft and industry potential. Some have good woods for turning but many yield dyes to get fashion-minded heads turning. A rose-tinted dye is reputedly obtained from the bark of those … Continue reading

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Alien attack… Invasive plant species and how to deal with them. Part 3

Previously I blogged about gunnera spreading along canals and streams… well another riverbank monster is Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)… But while the trend is to bash it, it has some good edible applications; The peppery seeds are wonderful in salads … Continue reading

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Alien attack… Invasive plant species and how to deal with them. Part 2

So we are under attack, what is our response? Well if you are enlisting then the first rule of war is to know your enemy and I will equip you (within the posts on invasives) with all you need to … Continue reading

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Alien attack… Invasive plant species and how to deal with them. part 1.

What is an alien species? You may well ask. It is not something that has crash-landed here from outer space or even from 1950’s Hollywood, although in some respects one could find similarities (and I have used that analogy in … Continue reading

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Rhod rides roughshod over Biodiversity

Rhododendron ponticum  invades three habitats that are considered internationally important under the Habitats Directive: upland oak woods, bogs and heath. An individual Rhododendron ponticum  casts  such deep shade that it light-starves out existing native plant colonies at its base.  Insult … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Green Credentials

Ireland is a country supremely well suited to sustainability. Our climate is temperate; our lush, green countryside is perfect for farming; ours seas are teeming with fish. Our dairy industry shares the lowest carbon footprint in the EU with Austria. … Continue reading

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Creating a low Allergy and Asthma friendly garden.

oodles of emails following the last post on allergy gardening so a bit more on the subject. According to the European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients Association, over 80 million people in Europe currently have some form of … Continue reading

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