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Top 12 easy-to-grow super foods

Top 12 easy-to-grow super foods

Like superheroes there are food plants with unique powers which can make us feel and function on a souped up level. Here are Fiann Ó Nualláin’s favourites with tips on how to grow them. Super foods are health boosters rich in healing and performance enhancing enzymes. They have superior levels of antioxidants and nutrients that […]

First-aid from the garden

First-aid from the garden

Instead of rushing for the First Aid box when you need a remedy for garden cuts and bruises, try the natural approach with Fiann Ó Nualláin’s Garden Aid. Gardeners have accidents, some they will be all too familiar with – nicked fingers, hammer bruised thumbs, a rusty nail through the foot, a thorn scratch, a […]

Grow your own veg

Grow your own veg

Top tips If space is limited then grow edibles in pots, containers and hanging baskets, consider using your flower border (all or part of it). Vegetables require a minimum of six hours of sunlight every day so get them to face southwards or use white/cream paint on fencing to reflect light. Good air circulation is […]

Garden design

Getting ideas for your garden Spy on your neighbours (but only on their gardens!) to see what grows well in your area. It’s an easy way to find out what type of soil you have and see if it matches up with the plants you like. Draw sketches Roughly measure the dimensions of the space […]

Pave the way…

Pave the way…

Systems & components Hard paving Cost-effective, this option allows flexibility in the paving design (pattern) but will require a more elaborate drainage scheme. A foundation (sub grade) is laid, onto which a sub base is added (made up of road base – frost free crushed rock), then a compacted sand bedding, usually 20-50mm deep. A […]