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Install an insect hotel

Install an insect hotel in your garden to provide a sheltered spot for wildlife to take cover for the cold winter months.

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Plant of the Week: Laurel

The evergreen workhorses of the garden, laurels have an unglamorous image

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Lift dahlia tubers

Dahlias cannot tolerate prolonged low temperatures or – worse – soggy, cold soil, so they need to spend winter somewhere dry and frost-free. However don’t be too quick to take them out of the ground, as they continue to flower for as long as temperatures stay above freezing. Wait until the foliage and stems have been blackened by frost and you know they have finished for the year.

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Slug and Snails

Most of the commonly-used home remedies against slug and snail attacks don’t work, according to recent research by the Royal Horticultural Society.

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Helping earthworms

The Wildlife Trusts want your help in a survey to find out how gardeners are helping earthworms – and there’s a beehive compost bin up for grabs if you take part!

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Plant of the Week: Leucothoe

This lovely but little-known autumn foliage plant deserves a place in every garden for its sheer brilliance of colour through the coldest months of the year.

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Coming up: Potato Festival!

Among the biggest of Ireland’s events to be dedicated to the humble spud, the Potato Festival marks the legacy of local man John Clarke OBE who was a pioneer in potato breeding, producing outstanding potato varieties like Ulster Prince and Maris Piper, still widely grown today.

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What to do in the garden in October?

It’s one of the busiest times of the gardening year, so here’s a list of the jobs you can be getting on with! 

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Plant of the Week: Begonia

Described as the hottest houseplant of 2018, it’s no wonder begonias are having a bit of a moment.

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Plant of the Week: Pennisetum

When you’re putting together a garden, all five senses count. Sight, scent and taste are provided easily with a few pretty, perfumed roses and a vegetable patch: but the senses of touch and sound are often forgotten.

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