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Houseplant happiness

Keep your houseplants happy this winter with a little extra TLC to see them through the festive season.

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What to do in the garden in December

December is a month when we’re all a bit distracted by the mad rush that is Christmas. But take time out to go outside and enjoy a crisp sunny winter’s day in the garden, and you’ll dive back into the festive frenzy newly refreshed. Here are some of the jobs you can be getting on with this month.

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City trees grow faster

Trees in cities grow 25% faster than their country cousins, according to new research by an international team of scientists led by the Technical University of Munich in Germany.

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Garden Bird Survey

Ireland’s gardeners are stocking up on bird food and unpacking the binoculars again this week as the annual BirdWatch Ireland Garden Bird Survey gets under way this Monday.

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Plant of the Week: Viburnum

Viburnums are queens of the winter garden, bursting into flower in December and continuing the show right through till spring.

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Time to plant strawberries!

Plant strawberries now so they have a chance to get their roots down before spring, as well as getting the spell of frosty weather they need to produce flowers and set fruit for a bumper crop of luscious, fat sweet berries next summer.

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Loads of Lovely Cyclamen

Hot off the delivery truck, this lovely new batch of Cyclamen in seasonal red and white. Fabulous!

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The last walled garden in Westport

Campaigners are fighting to save the last walled garden in Westport, Co. Mayo, from developers. The one-acre garden is over 200 years old and surrounded by high stone walls, enclosing ornamental beds, rose bowers and pathways as well as an orchard, bowling green, vegetable plot and water feature. Originally it supplied fresh produce for the Dower House, built in 1809 for the widow of the Marquis of Sligo, but which latterly housed the local branch of the Bank of Ireland.

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Collect autumn leaves

Collect fallen autumn leaves and you can use them to make gardeners’ gold – also known as leafmould, one of the best soil improvers you can’t buy.

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Soil testing

Test your soil now to get to know it and understand fully what it is capable of. You can do two types of test to find out about what’s under your feet: the texture test, and a simple pH test using a kit from the garden centre here in Templeogue, which will tell you how acid or alkaline your soil is.

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