Monthly Archives: May 2013

Headache-free homemade rooting hormone

Willows (salix spp) are famed as the precursor of aspirin and other pain relief medicines due to their content of Salicylic acid which works by inhibiting the production of those prostaglandins that sensitize nerve endings to pain. Within plants containing … Continue reading

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breathe easy with top tips on gardening with asthma

According to the world health organisation around 235 million people suffer from asthma. 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma – If you are one and you love to garden then visit http://asthmasociety.ie/news-events/top-tips-for-creating-an-asthma-allergy-friendly-garden to discover how simply it is to have … Continue reading

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Bloom 2012 – An adventure in a horticultural playground

Originally posted on Beyond the Wild Garden:
Although I was working while I was at Bloom this year, I did find a few stolen moments to meander around the tents and show gardens that were dotted around the Phoenix Park,…

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The dirty tactics of Rhododendron ponticum.

One would be forgiven for thinking that chemical warfare is a relatively recent military lowpoint, perhaps beginning with the ‘mustard’ and chlorine gas of world war one, were an astonishing 100,000 tons of chemical warfare agents were released into the … Continue reading

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Have courage plant some Borage

My banner features the plant Borage (Borago officinalis) a true wonder and perfect plant to start this month for a whole range of benefits. Borage is a plant with long herbal history in treating depression and doubt and in promoting … Continue reading

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10 good reasons or more to plant a tree

There is the old saying “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” So here are some good reasons to act now. 1. Trees produce oxygen: We learn in school that … Continue reading

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Imagine a garden

Imagine a garden, filled to the brim with wonderful plants, lush foliage and exuberant blooms. There is an air of serenity, you can feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, a gentle breeze cooling your face, the fragrance … Continue reading

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