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What to do in your garden this week:

Job of the week: Feed the compost heap

As you put the garden to bed you'll generate a huge mass of fallen leaves, old crops and cleared material. As long as it's disease free, use it to fill the compost heap, converting green waste into valuable organic soil improver. Chop up woody material as small as possible, and mix different materials together as you fill the bin. In six months you should have a dark, rich, crumbly compost to use through...

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Spread the word on wildlife in your garden

Spread the word on wildlife in your garden and you could help reverse the trend of declining populations and habitat loss, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). They want you to talk to friends, family and neighbours about the wildlife in your garden in the hope that people will get together to link gardens into Britain's biggest wildlife sanctuary.

A survey carried out by the RSPB found almost three-quarters of us haven't s...

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Meet a red squirrel

Meet a red squirrel at the ever popular Red Squirrel Day this Saturday at Mount Stewart in Newtownards, Co. Down, and we guarantee you'll come away with a quite different view of these little garden escapologists.

The garden's Red Squirrel trail is a good excuse to look around the magnificent grounds as it takes in the path around the lake, the Lily Wood and Rhododendron Hill as well as the glorious formal gardens. On the way you'll find squirrel feeder...

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Gardening is good for your kids – it's official!

Gardening is good for your kids – it's official! A report from researchers in the US has confirmed the mounting evidence that schoolchildren who learn gardening as part of their day-to-day studies eat more healthily and do better in their studies. They found students who get their fingers dirty on a regular basis behave better, too.

As if that wasn't enough, Spanish scientists have also shown that green spaces in city schools improve mental development...

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Extend the season with cloches

Extend the season with cloches and you can carry on growing veg right through till the first frosts. Stock up on your favourite type now, ready to use as soon as temperatures start to fall: whether you prefer convenient, easy-to-use polythene tunnels or rigid and sturdy long row cloches you'll find them in stock in our garden centre here in Listowel.

Put these mobile mini-greenhouses over your plants now they'll trap the last of the sunshine, keeping th...

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What to do in the garden in September:

As the autumn colours deepen into a fiery glow, the garden is ablaze with colour in a grand finale to the year. Winter is just around the corner now – so get the garden ready with our jobs to do this month.

General tasks:

  • Clear dead plant material including fallen leaves, dead stems and spent flowers to prevent disease
  • Sow or turf new lawns on well-prepared, raked and trodden soil that's completely level for a perf...
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The plant of the month for September is the Japanese anemone

The plant of the month for September is the Japanese anemone, your go-to plant for late summer colour.that lasts well into autumn and beyond. Its season of interest extends well beyond its beautifully simple, saucer-shaped flowers, too: the petals unfurl from silky buds which are just as pretty, and once the flowers have faded they leave a quirky little golden-green bobble dancing on wiry stems above the foliage lasting well into the colder months of the year. Even...

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