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Dublin: 2 °C Wednesday 18 October, 2017

#GIY

# giy - Saturday 14 October, 2017

'October is "stock pot" month when carrots, leeks and parsnips come into their own'

It is only now after the first frosts that carrots and parsnips start to really sweeten up, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 7 October, 2017

In the garden: Chutneys for relishing plus it's not too late to sow

Is there anything tastier than some cold meats or cheese served with some crusty bread and a big dollop of chutney, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 30 September, 2017

Autumn's here. Cosy up with a steaming apple and blackberry crumble

Late September means baking crumbles and pruning your blackcurrants, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 23 September, 2017

Gardening: Tips and recipes for storing and pickling your summer veg GIY

Gardening: Tips and recipes for storing and pickling your summer veg

As the winter draws in, nothing brings out my inner hunter-gatherer quite like having a full larder, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 16 September, 2017

When was the last time you had an Irish apple? 95% of ones we eat are imported

We have been conditioned to believe that there are just handfuls of apple varieties but, in fact, we have hundreds of native varieties in Ireland alone, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 9 September, 2017

Gardening: Autumn is coming - grab some salvaged timber and get to work on your 'raised beds'

I am all for the occasional cheat if it helps me to grow better veggies, writes Micheal Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 2 September, 2017

Lunches: Think beyond sandwiches as new school term begins' GIY

Lunches: Think beyond sandwiches as new school term begins'

One of the best things we ever did was to buy flasks for our kids to take hot lunches to school, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 26 August, 2017

Pickles, sauces and spiralising: Using up the summer's veg harvest

It’s worth considering amidst the belly-aching, that though the harvest currently seems endless, there will be an end, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 19 August, 2017

Gardening: Grow your own tomatoes - from seed to sauce

If you had a variety of tomato that was a particular success this year, why not try saving the seeds from the tomatoes to grow next year’s plants, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 12 August, 2017

GIY: Make your own mildew spray and bake some courgette bread

Courgette bread might sound a little unlikely, but we’re in courgette glut central at the moment so desperate times call for desperate measures, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 5 August, 2017

Grow it yourself: 'Onions - a phenomenally useful veg'

Onions have been revered through time, not only for their culinary use, but also for their therapeutic properties, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 29 July, 2017

GIY: 'Turnips are perfect for late summer sowing'

Pickled turnips might not sound all that appetising but this is delicious – promise, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 22 July, 2017

Gardening: This week, a beer trap for pesky slugs and seasonal soups

Slug hunting is a grim task and it brings out the worst in me, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 15 July, 2017

Gardening: Forage elderflowers now for a fresh, blossom-infused cordial

Elderflower is a great starter for novice foragers because it’s so easy to identify, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 8 July, 2017

'Sunflowers literally follow the sun across the horizon, only to turn back and face east by sunrise'

The sunflower is one of the most animated, optimistic and downright cheery flowers you can have in your garden, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 1 July, 2017

July Gardening: 'This is the start of a super-abundant period in the veg patch' GIY

July Gardening: 'This is the start of a super-abundant period in the veg patch'

As the produce starts to flow in, don’t forget to keep sowing too – no, it’s not too late, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Gardening: Pick your beetroot early for summer salads and slaws GIY

Gardening: Pick your beetroot early for summer salads and slaws

We’ve been enjoying the first batch of fresh beetroot from the veg patch, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 17 June, 2017

'A bowl of seasonal goodness using veg from our land and fish from our seas'

This is a light, vibrant, cheap and healthy alternative to the traditional seafood chowder, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 3 June, 2017

Gardening column: Growing carrots in the veg patch and roasting radishes in the kitchen

In a chaotic world, the veg patch is a place of such calm, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 20 May, 2017

GIY Comfrey: Grown for it's healing powers, comfrey is a great garden fertiliser

Comfrey sends its roots deep into the soil and brings up nutrients, most notably potassium, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 13 May, 2017

Grow it yourself: Pearl barley and spring greens soup

Plants are bursting forward into life, producing green leaves which are nature’s great and wise spring tonic, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 6 May, 2017

Fancy a nettle tea? Spring nettles are abundant right now and have lots of health benefits

Nettles are high in vitamins and minerals, blood-cleansing, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergy, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 29 April, 2017

When to use horticultural fleece: 'The Irish spring can bite you in the bum'

Let’s hope that’s the end of the cold nights for this year, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 22 April, 2017

Gardening: Grow your own ingredients for the Hairy Bikers' cheesy, oniony panhaggerty GIY

Gardening: Grow your own ingredients for the Hairy Bikers' cheesy, oniony panhaggerty

The humble onion is one of the most important and versatile vegetables of all, so much so that it’s still worth shedding a few tears over, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 15 April, 2017

Grow it yourself: Seed sowing tips from our gardening guru

It’s the perfect time of the year to talk about sowing seeds, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 1 April, 2017

GIY: Growing tomatoes successfully and a pitta pocket recipe

Growing tomatoes successfully in Ireland is about cheating our climate, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 25 March, 2017

Gardening: It's spring in the veg patch and we have a recipe for broccoli and cheese risotto GIY

Gardening: It's spring in the veg patch and we have a recipe for broccoli and cheese risotto

There’s something about this time of the year that just gladdens the heart, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 18 March, 2017

'Irish people put their spuds in the ground around St Paddy’s Day, believing it to be an auspicious day'

We have somewhat of a pre-parade tradition in the Kelly household of sowing spuds with the children, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 11 March, 2017

Gardening column: What to grow when you don't have much space, plus a wild garlic pesto recipe

Not all vegetables are equal if you’re space constrained, writes GIY Guru Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 4 March, 2017

Luscious starter of broccoli gratin with anchovy-infused cream: Grow it yourself

Rich anchovy-infused cream is a lovely foil to the fresh greenness of the broccoli, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 25 February, 2017

Updates from the potting shed - and a recipe for spicy carrot and lentil soup

There’s an overall sense of spring in the air and the mild weather makes the job of coaxing seeds up a little easier, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 11 February, 2017

Courgette shortage: Grow your own instead plus a recipe for pan-fried Jerusalem artichokes

A shortage of certain vegetables in our supermarkets has spurred a rise in the sale of seeds. It’s easy and very rewarding to grow your own, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 4 February, 2017

Gardening: 'When children grow their own food, they develop 'food empathy' and have better diets'

Research shows that when children are involved in the garden, they are more likely to try new foods at home, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 21 January, 2017

Gardening: Plant your potatoes right now plus a recipe for warming winter root veg frittata

It’s the perfect time of year to clean out your polytunnel and start sowing potatoes and carrots, writes gardening expert Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 7 January, 2017

Gardening guru: January to-do list plus a delicious recipe for buttery colcannon GIY

Gardening guru: January to-do list plus a delicious recipe for buttery colcannon

January does not seem like the typical month for gardening, but there are actually several things you can do in the garden now, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 31 December, 2016

GIY: For first-time vegetable growers, leeks are an easy and tasty option

Leeks are so commonplace and familiar that it’s all too easy to forget just how versatile they are, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Monday 26 December, 2016

GIY Chicory: Bring some colour to your vegetable patch and a bite to your salad bowls

Chicory are good in salads, but they are fairly fantastic when cooked too, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 17 December, 2016

Mibuna: The mustardy Japanese leaf that's super easy to grow

The latest designer salad leaf has a peppery, nutty flavour not unlike rocket, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 10 December, 2016

GIY Yacon: The Peruvian tuber that looks like a potato but tastes like a pear

Just like last week’s oca, yacon is another unusual veg that we can thank our friends the ancient Incas for, writes Michael Kelly.

# giy - Saturday 3 December, 2016

Rediscover your roots: 'Exotic oca thrives in Irish gardens'

Cultivated by the Incas since ancient times, oca is a potato-type crop that’s blight resistant and easy to grow, writes Michael Kelly.

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