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The importance of watering in the morning during a heatwave




Is it boring to start with a comment on the weather?

Maybe, but hasn’t it been great?! Everyone is in a good mood, we’re getting jobs done, like painting the house and fence and we can go to the beach.
However, it is also fantastic weather for blight, powdery mildew, blackspot, wilt, the list goes on.
So what does the gardener need to do in this weather? Well, watering is an obvious job, but as with everything, there is a right way and a wrong way.
All watering should preferably be done in the morning.
The reasons for this are twofold, first of all, the plants get a chance to take up the water before the heat of the day, and secondly, the water can permeate to the roots before evaporating.
There are those who say that water on the leaves will scorch them, but here the water will have evaporated before it gets a chance to focus the sunlight and cause scorching.
Alternatively, if schedules don’t allow for morning watering, the evening is okay too.
The problem with evening watering is that often leaves don’t get a chance to dry out and this leads to mildew and other fungi taking hold.
Another thing to think about when it comes to watering is amount. It may sound obvious, but giving enough is crucial.
Many people believe they are watering, when in fact all that is happening is misting, or run-off. To be technical, peat based compost is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. This is why ‘wetting agents’ are added to compost.
Sand and topsoil mixed into compost have the same effect, in that they absorb water more easily. It takes a surprising amount of time and water before baskets and pots are saturated – the best way to water baskets is often to sit them in a bucket of water till they are wet through. Watering newly planted trees and shrubs is also very important, as their roots have not yet broken into the existing soil around them.
The easiest way to ensure you give them enough is by using a bucket per plant. Lawns also suffer in these dry times. Make sure you water for long enough that the water filters down at least ten centimetres, and also that you don’t cut the grass as short as you normally might. Raise the blade by a notch.
Potatoes are at risk of getting blight, so spray with a copper mixture to prevent this. If you have blight, cut the foliage back and burn it, or spray with something like Bayer’s Blight control. Your spuds will no longer be organic though.
Roses are susceptible to blackspot and mildew during times of warm, humid weather, and the only answer to this is make sure your plants are strong and healthy. Give them plenty of feeding, preferably manure, and make sure they are not stressed.
If they do get disease, Roseclear or fungus clear are really the only solution.

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New  bio-energy therapy clinic open on Beech Road

Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily? Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which […]




Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily?

Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which must adapt to this emergency mode.

Muscles tense up, heart beats faster, vessels get compressed, blood pressure rises, body retains water etc. Most of us subject our bodies to this emergency mode without being aware of it.

Irina Sharapova MH has just opened a new Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy clinic at Horan’s Health Store on Beech Road by appointment each Friday.

Both Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy, support the body’s natural ability to heal.

During a herbal consultation the therapist suggests necessary corrections to the client’s diet and lifestyle aiming at reducing the elements that contribute to inflammation, stiffness and pain, and increasing the elements that aid healing.

Then they prepare herbal remedies specific to the client. Client’s medications are also examined to ensure that there are no conflicts with the herbal treatment.

Herbs support healing by relaxing the body and improving sleep; they are used to treat various ailments from digestive and reproductive issues to insomnia and migraines.

Bio-Energy therapy is a complementary non-contact treatment that helps to release tension from the body caused by injuries, traumas or stress.

During a Bio-Energy session the therapist scans the client’s body for signals that indicate that the energy is not flowing smoothly – these are the areas that have reacted to the Client’s emotions of fear, worry, hurt, anger, sadness etc.

The therapist “clears out” these areas until the energy flow feels smooth. Bio-Energy is helpful in the treatment of physical and emotional pain and other ailments.

It is suitable for people who do not like massages and other treatments that are performed directly on the body.

Disclaimer: Alternative therapies are not substitutes for medical advice.
For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact Irina at 086 9878941 or via email at Website:


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Spotted an otter lately?

Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals. The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching […]



Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching a new National Otter Survey and has teamed up with researchers in Queen’s University Belfast and the National Biodiversity Data Centre to collect and collate otter records from right across the country.

The new survey will map otters and compare results to the last survey, carried out in 2010-11.

NPWS teams will be looking for characteristic signs of otters at over 900 sites throughout the country, including rivers, lakes and the coast.

Members of the public are asked to keep their eyes peeled for otters and to get involved in this national survey by adding their sightings to the survey results.

Otters are mostly active at night and most typically seen at dawn or dusk. They may be spotted from bridges swimming in rivers or along the rocky seashore.
Otters are brown, about 80 cm (30 inches) long and can be seen gliding along the water surface before diving to show their distinctive long pointed tail which is almost as long again as their body.

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“The otter is one of Ireland’s most elusive animals so getting as many people involved in the survey as possible will be important if we are to get good coverage. Otters are rarely seen, so instead, over the coming months, NPWS staff will be searching for otter tracks and signs.”

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“Otters have large, webbed feet and leave distinctive footprints, but these can be hard to find. Fortunately, otters mark their territory using droppings known as spraints. Otters deposit spraints conspicuously on boulders along riverbanks, logs on lake shores or the rocky high tide line. Spraints can be up to 10 cm or 3 inches long, black through to white but commonly brown, tarry to powdery in consistency and straight or curved making them tricky to identify. Luckily, they commonly contain fish bones and crayfish shells which are the otters favoured diet making them easy to tell apart from the droppings of birds and other mammals.”

The otter and its habitat are protected under the EU Habitats Directive which requires that Ireland reports on the status of the species every six years. The next report is due in 2025.

The otter suffered significant declines across much of continental Europe during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s but remained widespread in Ireland. The most recent Irish survey (2010-2011) found signs of otter from all counties of Ireland and from sea-shore to mountain streams.

The otter hunts in water, but spends much of its time on land, and as a result is vulnerable to river corridor management such as culverting, dredging and the clearance of bankside vegetation, as well as pollution, pesticides, oil spillages, coastal developments and road traffic.

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