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A new year!
Already there are signs of new growth and a new gardening year is under way. What a pleasure it is to see the cycle of nature alive in the garden! The turn of the year is only a couple of weeks ago and plants are visibly beginning to respond. And we do too - we have lots of tips, ideas and suggestions for the new growing season in WHAT TO DO NOW and in KNOW-HOW, over 20 pages.
The use of water in the garden is often unfairly portrayed as wasteful. Gerry Daly outlines how to avoid unnecessary usage and how to make the most of the water that is used for growing plants. It is snowdrop time again and PaddyTobin, keen grower of snowdrops, reviews the best Irish-raised varieties in PLANT PROFILE. In PLANT HISTORY, Charles Nelson tells the story of the Irish-born artist Daniel Maclise who depicted flowers with loving - but not always historical - accuracy.
In GARDEN VISIT, Rae McIntyre describes her visit to a small garden that posed a challenge for its owners because the site is long and relatively narrow. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio and Shane O'Neill propose a very attractive design for an awkward triangular suburban garden.
In NOTEBOOKS Midlands and West, Mary Waldron and Lorna MacMahon share practical experiences with plants in their own garden. Dick Warner recounts the value of earthworms and how to encourage them. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Juliette O'Sullivan won €300 worth of plants at Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
In PEOPLE, Fionnuala Fallon met Paddy Madden, a pioneer advocate of the educational value of a school garden. In our NEWS pages, we keep you up-to-date with news, events and new products and accessories for the conservatory and garden with Lindie Naughton. Head chef at Avoca, Leylie Hayes suggests a recipe for Winter Chicken Pie with Mushrooms and Herbs while Caroline Byrne suggests some interesting wines to accompany it.
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