Things to do in February

Make sure garden birds have enough food and water, particularly in cold snaps Apply organic-based fertilizers and check that plant supports are sound Continue planting trees, shrubs, fruit trees and bushes as the weather allows Prune Winter-flowering shrubs when the flowers have faded and Summer-flowering shrubs that flower on new wood. Jasmine and late-flowering Clematis can also be pruned now …

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Fun, Easy DIY Projects to do over Spring

MAKE YOUR OWN SEED BOMBS Seed bombs are best, and the most fun, when thrown into neglected roundabouts, flowerbeds and planters-anywhere that needs an extra splash of colour! Seed bombing is best done in spring and autumn. Or, time your attack to coincide with heavy rainfall. YOU WILL NEED A cup of compost A cup of clay (dig it up …

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Early colour for February

Hunting Brook Gardens, one of Ireland’s best loved contemporary gardens, is neatly tucked into the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, close to Blessington village (on the Dublin side). Lovingly created by Jimi Blake, the gardens are an extraordinary rich and multi-layered experience. Check out the website to get a better visual appreciation of this wonderful garden. This month Johnstown has invited Jimi …