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Gardening with Gerry: taking the leap to grow vegetables
Gerry Daly
Now is the time to start preparing the ground for growing vegetables, writes Gerry Daly.
17 January 2024 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: The special Skimmia
Skimmia has a rich sweet scent that fills the space around it and is very attractive to all manner of insects that come to feed on the nectar, writes Gerry Daly.
27 December 2023 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: “you’ll do a gardening article for us”
Writing in the Irish Farmers Journal since 1984, Gardening with Gerry is a column that has stood the test of time. Gerry Daly reflects on the change in the gardening landscape over those years.
Why brilliant bark is a delightful bonus in winter
Now that the mantle of green foliage is well and truly gone, the hidden beauty of the bark of trees and shrubs is revealed.
20 December 2023 Gardening
Gardening: the majestic Mahonia
Irishman Bernard McMahon had a significant impact on the species of plants that developed in North America in the 19th century, writes Gerry Daly.
13 December 2023 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: brightening the last days of autumn
The Golden daisy bush can tolerate light frost and is very easy to grow. The flowers are very pretty and lively, writes Gerry Daly.
29 November 2023 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: supporting wildlife with Ivy
Ivy has had a particularly good summer this year, although it can be killed by late frosts it is a hardy plant.
22 November 2023 Gardening
Gardening: a wonderful addition to the garden
Miscanthus sinensis is the botanical name for Chinese silver grass, named after the Greek word mischos and anthos meaning stem and flower, writes Gerry Daly
15 November 2023 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: the beauty of incense bush
Joe Pye weed is an American plant, named after a native American healer who used it to treat a variety of ailments, writes Gerry Daly.
1 November 2023 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: a pop of late autumn colour
Nerine lilies are a brilliant hot pink which perfectly complements the yellows, browns and oranges of autumn, writes Gerry Daly.
25 October 2023 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: good ol' wild mountain ash
Not many trees offer such a span of decorative value, but Mountain Ash does, writes Gerry Daly.
18 October 2023 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: American sweet gum
In the autumn months, sweet gum's foliage is a sight for sore eyes, writes Gerry Daly.
4 October 2023 Gardening