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Bright Ideas for your garden: LED Lighting

Bright Ideas for your garden: LED Lighting

 Bright Ideas for your garden: LED LightingGarden lighting is quite a handy way to ensure safety and add security around your house but garden lighting doesn’t have to just be there for “serious” reasons and there is definitely no need for it to be boring! Along with security and safety, garden lighting is a great way to highlight particular features of your outdoor space, showcase trees and lawn décor, illuminate pathways. Not only that but outdoor lighting is also easy way to create ambiance and add atmosphere to your garden which is especially great when you want to sit out and make the most out of those long summer evenings with BBQs and outdoor parties!

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Townhouse Garden Design with Structure and Style

Townhouse Garden Design with Structure and Style

Townhouse Garden Design: Before and After

Earlier this year, the owner of a large Townhouse who was planning a major refurbishment of the property, contacted us to seek our advice and assistance to design and re-build a new garden to replace an old garden which had become overgrown with cumbersome planting and provided little means to enjoy any outdoor living.

The photos provide some evidence of how jaded the garden had become! and from the outset it was clear, that several elements demanded immediate attention, including…

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Find Garden Inspiration at Bloom in Phoenix Park

Find Garden Inspiration at Bloom in Phoenix Park

BloomIf you’re are looking for something to do this weekend or are in need of some inspiration on how to spruce up you’re garden this summer then why not head along to the Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park. The show, which is on from the 3rd to the 7th of June, is back and bigger than ever this year and will showcase 25 large, medium and small show gardens, which will be complemented by a spectacular floral pavilion featuring 50 displays and the best of Irish plants and flowers! There will be a host of garden celebrities and experts at this years show who will give advice and talks on a range of topics such as horticulture, gardening and floristry – Speakers include…

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Grow your own Carrots

Grow your own Carrots

Grow you own CarrotsDid you know the first carrots grown were purple, yellow, white, even black! In the 1500’s, Dutch growers developed orange carrots in honour of their Royal Family, the House of Orange! This is what we all love today.

Freshly pulled carrots taste fantastic compared to shop bought or processed carrots in ready to eat dinners, or microwave bags. These really are tasteless.

Carrots grow great in tall containers, such as old dustbins, long pipes, high deep pots as their roots can grow long and straight and the plants are high above their enemy – the carrot root fly. There is even a special new Carrot bag, just for the purpose!

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Growing your own Strawberries

Growing your own Strawberries

Growing your own StrawberriesYou can grow your own fresh Strawberries in a pot outside the door. A strawberry pot can hold 6-8 strawberry plants and will fruit with delicious fruits all summer long if you water and feed it well. This is the time to plant them up. First they will flower with bright eyed white flowers and then the fruit starts to swell. Expect to pick your first delicious strawberry in early June.

You can also sow strawberries in hanging baskets, window boxes and big flower pots. This method suits them very well as the fruits can hang over the edge and be free of soil. In pots and borders, strawberries are best surrounded by a few handfuls of straw. It keeps the soil warm, stops the soil losing moisture and stops the strawberries lying on the soil. That is why they are called STRAWberries after all! …

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Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

You don’t need a farm, or a large garden, even a small garden, you can even grow vegetables in a pot or a bag on a balcony, doorstep, window sill, patio, or deck. You can even grown some salad sprouts on the office desk for lunch! How cool is that?

Since we believe its so easy, here are a few simple steps to get you started.
The Salad sprouts are the easiest of all to grow. You can grow them indoors in a seed sprouter. In just 3-4 days you can have crunchy, healthy, bean sprouts, baby beetroot leaves, baby radish, black eyed peas and lots more growing in your kitchen or office to eat for a healthy salad lunch. Just add water! …

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5 must have Spring bulbs for your garden

5 must have Spring bulbs for your garden

Must have Spring Bulbs for your gardenThe ground is looks fairly miserable and rock hard at the moment and although it seems to have gotten milder over the past few days we are still yet to see spring bulbs in full bloom and overwhelming the countryside with their colour. While we wait for the bulbs to show up we give you our top 5 Spring bulbs for your garden.

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Spring Clean your Greenhouse

Spring Clean your Greenhouse

Spring Clean your GreenhouseJust like our houses, greenhouses / glasshouses need regular maintenance and cleaning to keep them in good nick and working order. The end of Winter or the beginning Spring is a good time to clean, tidy and reorganise the inside and out of your greenhouse. It is important to get rid of all the clutter, clean the glass and create a well …

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Water Butt: Handy 'gadget' to conserve rain water

Water Butt: Handy 'gadget' to conserve rain water

Water Butt

A pretty nifty and handy “gadget” to have especially in the current water shortage is a water butt. What is it? It is a barrel-like tank that can collect rainwater from your roof’s drainpipes after rain. This rainwater can then be used for watering plants in your garden, for washing you car and at times, like now when water pressure is low it might …

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Recycle your Christmas tree!

Recycle your Christmas tree!

Recycle your Christmas tree!By now the Christmas decorations should be packed away back into their boxes but if you didn”t manage to get out of the house last week with all the snow, problem now is what to do with your old Christmas tree? Although it just might be a bit too big to fit in your green bin, Christmas Trees can be recycled and …

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