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What to do with onions, garlic and shallots?

Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic as soon as the leaves start to yellow and droop. There’s nothing wrong with them: it’s just a sign they’ve finished swelling those big fat bulbs and are ready to harvest.

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Lavender care

Cut and dry lavender flowers just as the buds begin to open, when they will retain their colour and scent better, rather than waiting for the flowers to fully mature.

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Plant of the Week: Dill

Dill isn’t one of the more commonly-grown herbs, but it’s more than earns its place in the garden with good looks, versatility and generosity.

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Rose week

The ever-popular celebration of our favourite flower takes place at the International Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, one of the world’s leading rose gardens. During the festival the park fills with over 20,000 magnificent blooms, filling the air with colour and scent.

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Agapanthus tips & tricks

These wonderful, spectacular beauties, also known as African lilies, erupt in mid to late summer in a positive fireworks display of blue flowers.

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Plant of the Week: Sage

Purple-leaved varieties make a sophisticated backdrop for brighter flowers – good partners include tulips, alliums or chives.

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Spring-flowering perennial chores

Early perennials like primulas (including candelabra, denticulata and polyanthus), pulmonaria, brunnera and dicentra are real treasures in the garden, providing a splash of colour soon after winter at the very start of the season, just when you need it most. These stalwart little garden performers arrive in the garden centre here in Listowel from early autumn, so make a note in your diary to pop in and stock up to fill your borders with colour next spring.

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What to do in your garden in July?

High summer is a wonderful time to enjoy your garden. The kids are off school, you’re in a holiday mood and the sunny days linger long into the evening. Make the most of it and get outside every moment you can with our garden jobs for this month. 

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Plant of the Week: Thyme

It’s said to be one of the herbs in baby Jesus’s manger; young girls would make a potion with it to help them dream of the man they would marry, and thyme patches are also the best place for seeing fairies.

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Plant of the Week: Thyme

It’s said to be one of the herbs in baby Jesus’s manger; young girls would make a potion with it to help them dream of the man they would marry, and thyme patches are also the best place for seeing fairies.

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