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It is not too late to do a bit of planting

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By Debby Looney, gardening expert

The last week has definitely shown us the power of weather… it has also shown me all the things which need to be done before winter.

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Staking trees and large shrubs is so important, many have rocked loose, which is not too bad, as long as you firm them down as soon as possible. If the holes fill with water for any length of time, it will cause the roots to rot. Stake trees no higher than a third of their main stem, and preferably use two stakes on opposing sides to prevent the tree from snapping in the wind.

Polytunnels and glasshouses are also very vulnerable structures, and should be checked for tears or cracks regularly. Polytunnels, if they are in a very windy spot causing you worry, can be strengthened by putting netting over them and pinning that down. Any tears which occur should be taped as soon as possible using special polytunnel repair tape. This is UV and wet resistant, and does not work loose.

Timber fencing, pergolas and panels should also be checked as these can all rot, yet can look perfectly sound…until a storm blows through and lifts them. In my experience, pergolas can seem perfect, however they rot down near the ground and often the whole thing collapses unexpectedly.

Wind break can pose another headache during the winter, so it is worthwhile doing a thorough check and refastening any loose bits as well as cutting off any torn pieces.
It is not too late to do a bit of planting, especially bulbs can still be a good investment. Most places are selling their stock off at half price now, and bulbs can be planted into January, really. They will flower a bit later, but the following year they will be in sync with their natural flowering times again.

One of the best bedding plants for any weather is the Bellis, or the Batchelor's Buttons – small daisy flowers. They really cope with anything, and keep flowering cheerfully right until the end of March. Violas and Pansies are also great, and cyclamen are colourful additions to any pot, as long as they do not get too much rain on their heads.

As I often write, my favourite winter plant is heather, which thrives in bleak, windy or wet conditions.

This is a quiet time in the garden, though plenty of plans can be made, as well as preparations. Taking stock of what grew well for you, as well as what failed, should be recorded – either to avoid buying them next year, or to remedy the reason something did not do well. This is especially true for the vegetable and fruit garden. As part of my veg garden regeneration, I am building fruit cages. There was no fruit to be had this year, partly because I was too late checking, and partly because the birds were checking right on time! So, fruit cages it must be!

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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