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Dublin: 16 °C Sunday 19 August, 2018

#GIY

# giy - Yesterday’s News

In the garden: How to fight back (nicely) against the caterpillars eating your plants GIY

In the garden: How to fight back (nicely) against the caterpillars eating your plants

Growing brassicas like kale or cauliflower is basically a war between you and the creatures that want to eat the plants, writes Michael Kelly of GIY.ie.

# giy - Saturday 4 August, 2018

Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad is a classic for summer evening supper or lunch

It’s a good idea to cease watering onions for about two weeks before harvesting to help with that drying out, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 28 July, 2018

In the garden: 'French beans are, I think, one of the most underrated of vegetables' GIY

In the garden: 'French beans are, I think, one of the most underrated of vegetables'

Of all the legume family, they are my favourite to eat, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 21 July, 2018

GIY tomatoes: 'We are in what I like to call 'bruschetta' season'

It’s a wonderful time of the year, when a simple lunch or dinner can easily be conjured up from nothing, once you have some decent sourdough bread in the bread bin, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 14 July, 2018

In the garden: Michael Kelly's top tips for conserving water use GIY

In the garden: Michael Kelly's top tips for conserving water use

In these heatwave conditions, watering is indeed necessary and conserving water becomes a significant challenge, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 7 July, 2018

In the garden: GIY cucumbers to make the perfect Tzatziki

I find them relatively easy to grow, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 30 June, 2018

GIY: 'The Khaki Campbell is one of the most prolific backyard ducks'

Some of them literally lay an egg a day all year, contributing food for the table even when your hens have given up laying in the depths of winter, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 23 June, 2018

GIY: 'As we move in to summer, it’s important to keep sowing'

There are still loads of vegetables that you can sow from seed, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 16 June, 2018

Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought? GIY

Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought?

It’s difficult to come up with a definitive list, but here are some guidelines, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 9 June, 2018

GIY: 'I've been grappling with how we get kids to try beetroot and I reckon I've cracked it'

Of course, some of them still didn’t like it after taking part in The Grand Beeturia Experiment, but that’s okay – at least they tried it, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 2 June, 2018

'Slug patrols with a torch after dark have resumed, as have my attempts to lure them into beer traps'

Last week I got the climbing beans out of module trays and in to the ground in the big tunnel, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 19 May, 2018

GIY: Get creative with delicious new potatoes using this Spanish tortilla recipe

Serve as a generous lunch or light dinner with a salad of peppery green leaves, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 12 May, 2018

Chickweed: 'Not only is it edible, it’s considered to be a nutritional powerhouse'

It’s a nice surprise to discover that what you have considered a real nuisance in the veg patch, could in fact turn out to be a blessing, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 5 May, 2018

Bio-insecticide Supernemos: 'Sometimes GIYing is not for the faint hearted'

In a demise worthy of the cheesiest horror movie the nematodes then eat the wire worms from the inside out, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 28 April, 2018

GIY: Courgettes are easy to grow and incredibly prolific, growing freakishly fast

Your only problem in fact will be working out what to do with all those courgettes, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 21 April, 2018

GIY: 'We really don’t need a heatwave – just a few days with the sun in the sky'

I don’t know how the poor plants will react if we skip spring altogether, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 14 April, 2018

In the garden: 'I find that my system is craving fresh greens after a long winter'

I just chop them and steam them over some boiling water for a few minutes and they are delicious, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 7 April, 2018

Michael Kelly’s top tips for putting food and food growing at the centre of your workplace GIY

Michael Kelly’s top tips for putting food and food growing at the centre of your workplace

Food growing is a simple, practical way to really engage employees, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 31 March, 2018

GIY: Our guru's 'nerdy' guide to growing onions for home-made marmalade

This onion marmalade recipe is a sinch to make so if by chance you still have a glut of onions from last year, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 24 March, 2018

GIY: Secrets to growing your own juicy tomatoes

I have a cunning plan to try to reduce the workload somewhat for the season ahead, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 17 March, 2018

GIY: 'This St Patrick’s Day I will be out (as I am every year) sowing my spuds for the year'

They are a brilliantly easy veg to grow – blight aside – and harvesting your own spuds will be like Christmas morning, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 10 March, 2018

Supermarket queues: How well would we cope with a more sustained crisis? GIY

Supermarket queues: How well would we cope with a more sustained crisis?

Growing some of your own food has a role to play in creating a more resilient food future, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 3 March, 2018

'Gardening can be a major turn off for people but food growing is not about gardening, it’s about food'

“It’s been a particular bugbear of mine for years that food growing is always presented as a gardening thing”, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 24 February, 2018

A single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season, here's how to sow them GIY

A single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season, here's how to sow them

There is simply nothing like a home-grown tomato, writes GIY guru Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 17 February, 2018

Use remaining old-season veg and store cupboard ingredients for a delicious cassoulet

This week Michael Kelly has tips on making your own compost.

# giy - Saturday 10 February, 2018

'There is simply nothing more warming than a French onion soup'

Michael Kelly is back sowing and says, ‘It’s impossible not to feel full of springtime enthusiasm when you see signs of life emerging in a seed tray.’

# giy - Saturday 3 February, 2018

GIY: Even if you don't have much space, you can still grow spuds in pots and containers

This week our GIY guru gives his tips on how to trick potatoes into thinking they have lots of space available to grow.

# giy - Saturday 27 January, 2018

GIY: Sow seeds on a sunny indoor windowsill and try this cheesy leeks recipe

We’re coming out of our winter shell this month, writes GIY guru Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 20 January, 2018

Keep those resolutions and get more veg in with this spiced parsnip burger recipe

Expert tips from our GIY guru, Michael Kelly, that will help you to steer clear of plastic packaging in the supermarket.

# giy - Saturday 13 January, 2018

GIY: 'Don’t think about giving stuff up, think about taking things up instead'

Learn a skill, eat delicious things, sow a seed. Be kind to yourself, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 6 January, 2018

Gardening: 'January is a great month to decide what you are going to grow this year'

I often can’t wait to get started and at least plant something – perhaps some winter salad leaves, spinach and the like, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 30 December, 2017

GIY: 'Over a hot cup of soup, I was reminded how great you feel after a meitheal'

We certainly didn’t invent the meitheal at GIY, but we have shamelessly hijacked and adapted the concept for our own uses, writes grower Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 23 December, 2017

My 2017 GIY report: 'Aubergines – F. Great plants, no fruit. Must do better'

This is an exercise in self-flagellation if ever there was one but here’s my report for this year’s GIYing, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 16 December, 2017

Gardening column: How to keep hens

A handful of laying hens are a viable proposition for most people, and they will repay you with wonderful, fresh food all year around, writes grower Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 9 December, 2017

Supermarket promotions: 'Down the road there is a ruinous cost to cheap food'

As you tuck into Christmas dinner, spare a thought for the Brussels sprout grower, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 2 December, 2017

GIY leeks and a dish that will chase away the winter chills

In this cold weather we’re certainly in a soup, warming hot-pot frame of mind, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 25 November, 2017

GIY: 'School lunches shouldn't be about wolfing down a sandwich in ten minutes'

In France, children spend a full hour where they learn how to eat in a civilised, relaxed manner and enjoy healthy food, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 18 November, 2017

Food miles: Don't buy strawberries from Israel during Irish strawberry season

I have no issue with anyone buying imported food when it’s something we can’t grow or produce here in Ireland, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 11 November, 2017

GIY: Winter warming pea and nettle soup using homegrown peas and foraged nettles

Mary Ellen Kelly and Róisín Kiely from St Augustine’s in Dungarvan won the inaugural GROW 2 CEO programme. Here is their recipe, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 4 November, 2017

Grow yacon: 'It's exciting to grow something you've never grown before'

It has a surprisingly sweet, apple or melon-like taste and a juicy texture rather like a water-chestnut, writes Michael Kelly.

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