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The Casual Gardener: A bad case of poppy love

John Manley
A FEW years back the arrival of some red poppies against one of republican Belfast’s most familiar backdrops was deemed a front page story in a local newspaper.

The Casual Gardener: Companion planting

John Manley
THE textbook that a few years ago helped me secure an RHS horticulture qualification dedicates very little space to the subject of companion planting.

The Casual Gardener: Pondering peony pleasure

John Manley
MY 16-year-old daughter takes after her mother, who beyond overseeing our annual strawberry crop and the occasional bit of enforced weeding, does little work in the garden.

The Casual Gardener: Bad news for box

John Manley
IF ONLY gardening were the proverbial 'bed of roses', where things always went according to plan and reality continually met our expectations.

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