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Rhubarb advice

A fully mature clump can keep you supplied with as many succulent, sweet red stems as you can eat from now until June, with plenty left over for the freezer!

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Clare Garden Festival

The show is celebrating its seventh birthday this year, with its best-ever selection of garden and food stalls. You can enjoy a gardening masterclass on organic techniques with Jim Cronin; find out how to grow your own medicine cabinet with horticultural therapist Fiann Ó Nualláin, or discover which plants Mary Keenan of Gash Gardens suggests as her top picks.

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Plant of the Week: Carrots

The humble carrot is transformed when it’s fresh-pulled from your back garden into a mouth-wateringly sweet treat, crunchy and full of flavour.

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Mini alpine scene

Create a mini alpine scene in a pot with a selection of exquisitely beautiful alpine plants to add a beautiful feature that fits in to the tiniest of spaces.

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Herb garden

Sow yourself a herb garden to grow in a sunny corner of the garden, in containers on the patio or even on a bright kitchen windowsill.

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Plant of the Week: Aubergine

Fat, glossy purple aubergines are something to really boast about when you grow them yourself.

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Get Ireland Growing Awards

A community garden in Co Mayo has won €5000 after the public voted to award them the lion’s share of €75000 in funding from the Get Ireland Growing Awards, a partnership between Energia and GIY Ireland aimed at boosting community food growing across Ireland.

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What to do in the garden in April?

April is a kind month, its warmth encouraging shoots and seedlings to burst into new growth at last. There are daffodils and the first tulips to enjoy, as well as spring perennials and the glory of spring blossom.

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Plant of the Week: Mandevilla

This gorgeous tropical climber transforms a sunny conservatory or bright windowsill into an exotic jungle of foliage and brilliantly colourful, heavily scented flowers... 

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New perennials

Perennials are the ideal choice for any new planting scheme, as they come back year after year and perform even better as they mature.

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