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New RHSI Garden!

The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland is christening its newly-restored garden at Russborough in the heart of West Wicklow with a Garden Show packed with beautiful plants, wonderful gardens and a dazzling range of inspiring speakers.

The RHSI took on the three-and-a-half acre 18th century walled garden at Russborough five years ago and since then it’s gone from strength to strength, lovingly restored and replanted by an army of volunteers. N...

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It’s not too late to be sowing more veg for your plot

It’s not too late to be sowing more veg for your plot – in fact, late sowings made in July can be really helpful for keeping your patch productive right through autumn and into winter.

Sow more veg for your plot

Aim to replace your first harvest of new potatoes, broad beans and lettuces as soon as you clear the crop away. You can sow most varieties of fast-maturing vegetables two or even three times in a season. All the salad veg...

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Remove algae and pond weed from water features

Remove algae and pond weed from water features to keep them looking at their best. Algae turns water an unattractive green. Natural solutions which won’t harm fish or wildlife, such as floating barley pads on the surface of the water or using liquid additives and extracts in the water to subtly change the water’s pH, making it unattractive to algae. But the best way to prevent it is simply to grow more pond plants: aim to keep about a third of t...

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One of Ireland’s most important historic gardens is to open again

One of Ireland’s most important historic gardens is to open again after a full restoration that aims to return them to their full glory after decades of neglect.

The Shackleton Gardens, a 1 ½ acre walled garden at Beech Park in Clonsilla, west Dublin, were created 200 years ago by skilled plantsman David Shackleton, a relative of the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. They housed his collection of choice alpines, tender exotics and other ra...

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Cut herbs to store for winter

Cut herbs to store for winter right now and keep that just-snipped, fresh-from-the-garden flavour in your cooking all winter long.

Storing Herbs

It might seem early to be thinking about winter storage, but herbs are at their absolute peak this month. Pick as large a bunch as you can from leafy herbs like basil, marjoram, mint, coriander, parsley, dill and chervil, preferably in the morning when they're full of essential oils and at t...

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Keep your roses blooming at their peak into autumn

Keep your roses blooming at their peak into autumn with a little extra attention now to keep them flowering and looking at their best through summer and beyond.

Rose bloom

Dead-heading is the single most important thing you can do to keep those flowers coming: removing spent flowers encourages more buds to form. Snip the flowered stem right back to the next healthy bud below.

If it’s been dry, give each plant a thorough soak...

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Look after your tomatoes well

Look after your tomatoes well at this time of year and they’ll reward you with baskets of gorgeous sun-ripened fruits bursting with juice and flavour.

Tomato care

Go through your plants weekly nipping out any side shoots emerging between the main stem and the leaves. Let them grow and the plant produces lots of greenery at the expense of fruit, so snap them off between thumb and forefinger at no more than 10cm long.

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