IF YOU sowed some sweet pea before Christmas and the seeds have duly sprouted, perhaps you fancy giving them a few words of encouragement? Or maybe it’s time to chat up those tulip bulbs you planted in October in the hope that it gives them some added vigour come spring? The idea that talking to plants in order to help them grow faster and stronger is nothing new.
THE near two-year political impasse at Stormont has led to a delay in the implementation of many new policies and projects, with an absence of ministers leaving civil servants unable to make decisions that are lawfully watertight.
1. Keep bird feeders and baths topped up: Many birds lose 10 per cent of their body weight overnight in cold weather and expend a lot of energy flying to feeders, so you need to keep your bird feeders and baths topped up so they don't have a wasted journey.
I IMAGINE most readers thought last weekend they’d bid good riddance to poppies for another year, but like a rogue exchange of gunfire after the armistice, I’ve decided to keep them on the agenda, for a short while at least.