Monthly Archives: May 2013

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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Do you garden for optimum health?

My latest article in Sláinte Magazine is on ‘Gardening for Optimum health’ – visit for a sneak peak and a look back at other articles on gardening for health or with a health condition.

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truly blessed?

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose. Khalil Gibran I say – The gardener who can see beyond the greenfly is truly blessed. but if you cant.. then … Continue reading

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getting a brew on – how to make some compost tea

Making a tea of your compost or manure makes it go further. Compost tea is great as a foliar spray to feed plants and supress foliar diseases whereas manure tea is best as a soil drench to invigorate or rejuvenate … Continue reading

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Letting the grass grow under your feet is no bad thing

There is an old saying that the best thing about a lawn is that it provides a place where weeds can stand out and be recognized. And that myth of a high maintenance patch of green that exploded into weeds … Continue reading

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looking nifty on the thrifty

My latest article “the cosmetic garden” with SELFBUILD AND IMPROVE YOUR HOME has hit the shelves today. Heres an extract: The word cosmetic can conjure a notion of façade (concealer, lip plumper and other trompe l’oeil) or worse in the … Continue reading

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Wonderful weeds.

You might be thinking … Wonderful? Weeds? Really!!! But yeah I think they are wonderful, not just in how they conquer and adapt to situations but beyond their lesson in persistance, they have some great atributes that holistic gardeners can … Continue reading

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