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Stock up salads

You can give your home-grown salad bar a kick start right now by picking up a few strips of salad plug plant veg from the garden centre to drop straight into the garden. Sow a second batch alongside right now to take up the reins after they’ve finished; a third batch in three or four weeks will keep the supply coming into late summer.

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Do the Chelsea Chop

It works best on late-flowering perennials, including sedum, phlox, heleniums, echinacea, anthemis and solidago.

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Plant of the Week: Chilli pepper

Chilli peppers are great fun to grow and make gorgeous plants with their lipstick-red, purple, yellow or orange fruits and brilliant green foliage.

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Annual flowers

Sow annual flowers now for a spectacular display of colour and beauty later in the summer.

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What to do in the garden in May?

It’s a good time of year to be a gardener – so here are the jobs you can be getting on with this month! 

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International Dawn Chorus Day

There’s a good reason to get up early this weekend – it’s International Dawn Chorus Day! 

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Plant of the Week: Lettuce

Packed with flavour, crunchy and sweet, when you first bite into a lettuce leaf fresh-cut from the garden it’ll spoil you for shop-bought forever.

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Take off your clothes!

Take off your gardening gear and get naked for this year’s World Naked Gardening Day!

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Allianz Garden Show

The Allianz Garden Show Ireland runs from 4-6 May at Antrim Castle Gardens, Co Antrim.

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Plant of the Week: Tomato

Nothing beats a tomato picked fresh from the garden, warm from the sun and positively bursting with flavour.

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