Archive for the Gardening Category

Reusing food waste for a greener indoor space

Geneva Pattison This period of our lives is undeniably hard. With travel limitations, bans on public gatherings and people unable to visit friends and loved ones, it’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel right now. […]

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A rare Bloom for 2020: Bloom at Home

Geneva Pattison With the ongoing restrictions on public gatherings and events, the annual Bloom in the Park event was a little bit different on this occasion. Bord Bia announced in a recent press release that they were “bringing a flavour […]

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Balcony planting

Geneva Pattison Limited outdoor space makes creating a garden difficult. Add in the fact that if you’re three or even six storeys up from the ground level, unsheltered from harsh winds and without an inch of soil, things can get […]

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A Valentine’s Day guide to roses

By Geneva Pattison The history of giving flowers as gifts in Western culture dates back to the 17th century, when King Charles II of Sweden first discovered the language of flowers during a trip to Persia. Different flowers convey different […]

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Gardening for physical and mental health

By Geneva Pattison As the days grow cold and dark, it’s more important than ever to allot specific time to taking care of your mental health. Just as the medical practitioners of the past prescribed “sea air” to assist recovery […]

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Autumnal preparations in the garden

BY Susan O’Brien In local parks and along our neighbourhood streets, the green leaf tones of summer are slowly giving way to lime tree yellows and orange tones of the chestnut. All around, there is a sense of a rising […]

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Reaping what you sow: Harvest edition

BY Geneva Pattison Autumn is a peaceful affair. We’re winding down from a jam-packed Summer and have a break before the Winter festivities and exciting Christmas rush. Autumn could be considered the gardener’s Christmas with the amount of gifts it […]

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A 21st Century Treescape

By Susan O’Brien While walking along the neighbourhood streets in recent sunny days, I found myself actively seeking out the tree-lined side of the road. In an endeavour to keep cool my route was notably influenced by the welcome cooling […]

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Slugs and snails begone! DIY repellents

By Geneva Pattison As the sad but inevitable end of the Summer approaches, so will the dreary weather. Snails and slugs can wreak havoc on even the most acutely tended-to gardens during rainy periods and it can feel impossible to […]

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No Garden? No Problem Let’s talk about hydroponics

By Geneva Pattison Urban landscapes often present the issue of having little space for growing at home. With less city houses with gardens being built and apartment complex living on the rise, we have to think outside the box. In […]

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