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Fresh herbs enliven every dish so a home herb garden is an asset to every cook. PLant the right herbs for your needs and you can simply snip off the exact amount you need instead of buying pricy supermarket ones.

You can plant an herb garden outside in a raised bed or container for most of your favourite herbs; with the exception of basil, whose Mediterranean origins mean it likes...

Keep your refrigerator fresh with the following simple tips:

Store an open bag of baking soda inside your fridge to absorb odours.

Unplug your fridge at least once a year to defrost the freezer and scrub rubber door seals.

Use an antibacterial cleanser to wipe the inside and outside of your fridge twice a week.

Toothpaste helps brighten refrigerator interiors and...

A total necessity for keeping those pesky wasps at bay on warm summer days, this clever trap is simple to operate: you put an attractant into the stoneware pot, put on the lid and they fly in but can't fly out! No chemicals needed. Ceramic Wasp Trap, €19.95, darlingviolets.com.

Newspaper contains a weak acid that's super for polishing glass. Wash your glass with water, then scrunch up some newspaper to dry and polish it.

This Irish Summer Memory Print features all the retro ice creams of hot days gone by. €35, retroeire.ie.

Looking for an alternative to the traditional bird house? This gorgeous villa converts from bird feeder to nesting box in the spring and only smaller birds are able to use it - large birds like magpies and crows are unable to grip the table with their claws. Villa Bird Feeder & Nesting Box, €58, thebluedoordirect.ie.

A springtime staple, hyacinths provide intense colour and a heady fragrance. Stock up at Ballyseedy Home and Garden, Fota Retail Park, Carrigtwohill.

1. Use it to line the drawers in your bedroom or kitchen.

2. Frame sample of your favourite wallpaper to make an eye-catching wall display.

3. Use leftover wallpaper to line the insides of your open shelving.

With a little elbow grease and the right amount of determination, you could cut your carbon footprint and your bills by growing your own vegetables- you don’t even need a particularly green thumb; nor do you need a lot of space.

You can grow a variety of vegetables from seed; but if you don’t want to spend hours digging or trying to propagate seeds, Haney’s Garden...

Pop this quirky doormat at the front door for an eclectic entrance way. Adorable dog not included. €18, aprilandthebear.com

Invited to Easter dinner? Spoil your host with a jar of The Cloudberry Bakery's luscious Lemon Curd, €5, Brown Thomas. Dollop on cakes, breads and ice creams for a tangy twist on dessert.

Ballymaloe-trained chef and blogger Dermot O'Sullivan is sharing his recipe for Easter Simnel Cake on his blog this week. "This cake dates as far back as Victorian times." he says. "Traditionally, a Simnel cake was baked by servant daughters who were working away from home and would return home on the fourth Sunday of Lent, known as Mothering Sunday, or Simnel Sunday. On...

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Simon Communities have launched their tenth annual RIAI Simon Open Door campaign. Architects in Cork and nationwide will offer one hour consultations to the public for a donation of €50, every cent of which goes directly to the Simon Communities in Ireland. To date, €300,000 has been raised by the Irish public and...

1 - The lovely Mona Lisa; a pink lily has a cerise ‘flame’ in the centre.

2 - The Polar Star is visually stunning and it doesn’t have the stamens in the centre that leave pollen marks on everything.

3 - The sweetly fragranced blooms of the Tiger Edition oriental lily are larger than average

Lilies add a...

With the final season of Mad Men fast approaching, 1960s influences are playing a big part in spring trends, but how best to achieve the look?

According to Helen Leigh-Jones, designer at DFS: “Button detail sofas are very typical of the 60s and we are seeing imitations of these everywhere this season. Our favourite Mad Men ladies were not afraid to experiment with colour, so be...

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